Ulrika Modéer is the State Secretary for Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden. Sweden has a feminist foreign policy, based upon a wider concept of security. One of the aims of Swedish foreign policy, she stresses, is to bring climate security risks onto the agenda of the UN Security Council.
This interview was conducted at the Planetary Security Conference in The Hague, 5-6 December 2016.
"Sweden has a feminist foreign policy and climate is one of our top three priorities and this is because it is needed in the world of today. I think we see an increasing number of conflicts and also a lot of positive development that we have seen with a risk of being rolled back now with the risk of climate change as one of the major threats. So we prioritize this a lot, the broader engagements and broader view on security and climate change, but also women peace and security are two main priorities.
We have decided already 2 years back to integrate this into our planning, into our development cooperation and we are working firmly on that. And now we are also preparing to have our active seat in the Security Council to see how we can also engage and bring more knowledge in the discussions in the Security Council to have more knowledge on this broader concept of security."