Press Release

Sweden and UN Rwanda partnership

14 December 2021

Sweden and UN Rwanda partnership to support the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 

Kigali, 8th December 2021: The Government of Sweden represented by the Ambassador of Sweden to Rwanda, and the United Nations in Rwanda represented by the UN Resident Coordinator are signing an amendment to its agreement of cooperation that will further enhance the UN capacity to implement its United Nations Development Assistance Plan (UNDAP II 2018 – 2023), contributing to the Government’s  National Strategy for Transformation (NST 1: 2017-2024) and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sweden is contributing an additional 4 million USD bringing its total contribution to 10,7 million USD over the period 2019-2024. The funding will be channeled through the UN Rwanda Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) and allocated by the UN Country Team to selected joint programmes, including in the areas of inclusive economic growth, climate resilience, gender equality, human rights and justice and good governance. Globally, Sweden is also one of the largest core contributors of UN agencies and a champion of UN reforms. 

“This additional contribution to the Sustainable Development Fund is a sign of Sweden’s unwavering commitment to both multilateralism and sustainable development in Rwanda. Through this strengthened partnership, the UN and Sweden will jointly support Rwandan partners in their efforts to reach the poorest people and ensuring no-one is left behind. Supporting Rwanda’s commitment to an inclusive and green recovery is key”, says H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Johanna Teague.    

“This partnership will boost our collective efforts to achieve desired UN reforms to engineer inclusive and Sustainable Development, carrying out result based activities and Leaving no One Behind, for the betterment of all Rwandans” said Fodé Ndiaye, UN Resident Coordinator

He added “The United Nations in Rwanda highly thank the Government and people of Sweden through SIDA for not only this partnership but also a strong and effective collaboration the Agency has with the One UN since 2008. Your renewed commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals is paramount”

The UN and Sweden underlined the desire to join efforts to support the Government of Rwanda to successfully implement the NST 1 based on the country’s vision 2050, taking into account the Agendas 2030 and 2063.


For more info:

Maureen Twahirwa

Communications and Advocacy Officer

United Nations Resident Coordinator Office 



Sweden and UN Rwanda partnership

Maureen Twahirwa

Maureen Twahirwa

Communication and Advocacy Officer

UN entities involved in this initiative

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
United Nations Development Programme
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Children’s Fund