UN Commission, New York 25 February 2008
Nyamko Sabuni, Minister for Integration and Gender Equality
Speech held in the UN
Despite all the progress, gender inequality is still a fact.
It is time that the world's countries ensure that women and men, girls and boys, benefit equally from the rich harvest of global development. Respect must be given to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of every person. Sweden urges the world's countries to support and implement more forcefully the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The same applies to the other international human rights instruments.
The UN has a key role in moving forward international efforts to promote gender equality. Progress in UN reform in terms of strengthening the gender architecture and improving the UN's work on gender equality and gender mainstreaming is a matter of urgency.
The basic principle is simply that all people - regardless of sex, ethnic origin, age, religion, sexual orientation or disability - are of equal value and must be able to enjoy the same human rights, responsibilities and opportunities in all areas of society.
Sweden will continue to uphold the rights of girls and women and their access to sexual and reproductive health care, including contraception and safe and legal abortion. Sweden is deeply concerned with the difficulty in fulfilling the UN Millennium Development Goal to halve maternal mortality in the world. In many parts of the world, developments are at a standstill or losing ground; women are still dying during pregnancy and childbirth, or from unsafe abortions.
Without being able to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, and without access to adequate sexual and reproductive health services, women stand little chance of having the same opportunities as men. Investments in these areas are investments in sustainable social and economic development and in the protection and promotion of human rights.
Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality
The Ministry of Integration and Gender Equality is responsible for consumer affairs, democracy issues, gender equality, human rights, integration issues, metropolitan affairs, minority issues, Non-Govermental Organisations and youth policy.
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