"Debater: It raises the defensive capabilities and strengthens our role in the UN"
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"the DEBATE. Sweden's military defense and how we create a safer Sweden are two of the programme items at the People and defense national conference going on in Sälen. The discussion must move also Sweden's membership of, and involvement in the United Nations – including the task of contributing with personnel to the UN peace support operations."
"In 2017 and 2018, Sweden will have as a member of the UN security council been able to affect our time's fatal questions, and take responsibility for international peace and security – and thereby strengthen our own security. "
"the Work with the Swedish profile questions such as conflict prevention, the role of women in peace processes and transparency towards civil society has been praised in and outside the united nations. "
"the Swedish initiative in Syria and Yemen has brought the hope of relief in two of the world's biggest humanitarian disasters. UN chief Guterres has highlighted Sweden's role as a bridge-builder in a divided counsel and himself visited Sweden on two occasions, most recently in december when the parties in the Yemen conflict met in Rimbo."
"the general public has been able to follow Sweden's rådsarbete and thus gained insight into the challenges that the UN has to deal with. For many, it has become clear that even a small country can make a difference thanks to the thoughtful suggestions and hard work. A area has, however, Sweden is lagging behind and it is the participation in international peace support operations."
"the Fight against international terrorism is a common task and, in the highest degree, also a Swedish interest. In the united nations peace-support operation in Mali is 250 Swedish soldiers and in addition then in the fall, a Swedish team leader, Dennis Gyllensporre. "
"Nyårshelgens massacre, with 37 dead civilians in northern Mali shows that the need for continued international presence in the country is great. Also in other conflict zones, the Democratic republic of the Congo, south Sudan and the central African republic, is the UN military presence is critical to prevent even greater violence. "
"the Responsibility for staffing these efforts rests on all UN members."
"In recent years, defence and security policy debate closest to the exclusively focused on the national defence capability. Also last year's election campaign showed a lack of ability among many politicians that see the relationship between the international and national security. "
"in General in society – and usually also at the People and defense national conference – the lack of a discussion if it is reasonable that Sweden on average have fewer than 400 soldiers in foreign service. So small that the number has been over the past five years. The figure should be compared with between 800 and 1 000 soldiers in previous years."
"the Arguments for running have more Swedish soldiers in service abroad are many: maintaining our defence capabilities, it allows quick response to new questions about truppbidrag and it makes militäryrket more attractive. "
"More of Swedish women and men in the UN-service means, further, that efforts to win the skills, material resources and a clearer gender perspective. Despite the introduced defense minister Peter Hultqvist in the Echo recently, a clear trend towards reduced international involvement. "
"Hultqvist is not alone in advocating such an approach which suggests that the shift to focus on national defense, on international campaigns to the expense has been pushed too far."
"the Swedish security policy must continue to be conducted nationally as well as in close collaboration with the other UN members. Sweden should work for a more peaceful world, inter alia, by acceding to the UN treaty against nuclear weapons, continue to push the issue of accountability for the genocide in Myanmar and contribute to the modernisation of the UN's work for peace. "
"To Sweden in the UN continues to defend the international system, support the reform of the world and stand up for human rights is the other necessary parts in an external policy that has stability as an overarching objective."
"Sweden should also, through greater participation in UN peace support operations, provide a security contribution as a complement to the large-scale humanitarian and rights work on behalf that has made us a respected member of the united nations."
"nAnnelie Börjesson, chairman of the Swedish united nations association."
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