Sweden Initiates “High-Level Group” of Heads of State for the SDGs

September 28, 2015
Editor @17Goals

iStock_000054444502_Smaller copySweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has initiated the creation of a special working group of nine heads of state, whose purpose is to ensure that the SDGs are implemented in their respective countries.

“Now we have to go from words to action,” said the Prime Minister to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (25 Sept 2015) shortly after the Sustinable Development Goals were formally adopted at the UN Summit. “We will be a source of support and inspiration, and we will inspire each other” said Löfven.

The countries and leaders involved in the special group of nine heads of state include:

Brazil’s President, Dilma Roussef
Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos
Liberia’s President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma
Tanzania’s President, Jakaya Kikwete
Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel
Tunisia’s President, Beji Caid Essebsi
East Timor’s Prime Minister, Rui Maria Araújo
Read the story in Aftonbladet (Swedish)


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