His Excellency Stefan Löfven

Statement Summary

STEFAN LÖFVEN, Prime Minister of Sweden, recalled that the United Nations was founded on the vision of collective global cooperation and said today’s challenges illustrate the urgency of those efforts, more than ever.  Emphasizing the importance of equitable access to a COVID‑19 vaccine, he said “no one is safe until everyone is safe.”  Calling climate change the defining challenge of our time, he said that the world must build stronger, greener societies.  To that end, Sweden will host another high‑level conference in 2022 aimed at advancing climate goals, he said.  The role of the United Nations must be defined moving forward, he said, underlining the importance of reforms.  The Organization must better anticipate global risks and focus efforts on prevention, he said, calling for a United Nations that can adapt and is modern and innovative.