Press Release

Sweden and UN Rwanda partnership to support UNDAP II

14 November 2019

  • The Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) represented by the Head of Mission, and the United Nations in Rwanda represented by the UN Resident Coordinator have signed an agreement of cooperation that  will 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. The total financial contribution of 60,000,000 SEK, roughly 6.1 million USD, over the period 2019-2022 will be channeled through the UN Rwanda Sustainable Development Fund (SDF).  


The UN values the ongoing strong partnership with the Government of Sweden, both globally and here in Rwanda to accompany the UN reforms and accelerate the implementation of the agenda 2030. This new agreement will contribute to supporting Rwanda’s continued and impressive development. I am strongly convinced that this partnership will have a clear impact on people’s lives, leaving no one behind.” said Fodé Ndiaye, UN Resident Coordinator.

These resources will enable the UN to implement interventions related to sustainable economic growth, jobs and livelihoods; natural resources and climate change; gender equality, human rights and justice; and democratic processes and quality service delivery and evidence-based policy:

Caption: The United Nations Resident Coordinator Mr. Fode Ndiaye (L ) and Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden, Ms. Anne Höglund signing partnership agreement to support UNDAP II.

Both Sweden and the UN expressed that the collaboration will be carried out under the auspices of SDG 17 – Partnerships to leverage strengths and drive transformative change.

The collaboration with One UN and the financial support to UNDAP II demonstrate Sweden’s strong willingness to support the UN reforms for a more coherent and effective UN system at the national level but also to contribute to Rwanda's efforts to achieve sustainable poverty reduction as well as attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. It’s only in partnership with different actors we can achieve the ambitious Agenda 2030”, said Anne Höglund, Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden.

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.  



More information is available from:


Maureen Twahirwa (Communications)

Office of the UN Resident Coordinator            


Sara Haglund (First Secretary and Senior Programme Manager)

Embassy of Sweden                    

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