In its moral crusade to the UN Security Council, Sweden, struck dubious deals with a number of smaller nations, which Stockholm itself classed as "authoritarian," which is utterly unbecoming of a nation with an emphasis on human rights and may prove injurious to Sweden's international reputation.
Among other things, Sweden struck a quid-pro-quo deal with Ethiopia to ensure a voice switching in Stockholm's favor, the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet reported. According to the newspaper, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn pledged support to Sweden in exchange for Sweden's backing to obtain a top job at the United Nations, such as UNESCO Director General. A new Director General will be elected next year, with Sweden possibly influencing the election in the capacity of a board member at both the Security Council and UNESCO.
Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter previously revealed that Swedish Cabinet Secretary Annika Söder visited Zimbabwe during the campaign. Currently, the EU maintains sanctions against the African country due to allegations against President Mugabe of repeated violations of human rights. Additionally, Saudi Arabia, the very same country which Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström called "medieval" for flogging bloggers for dissenting opinions and oppressing women, was the focus of the Swedish campaign.Dagens Nyheter, the ambassadors mostly represented "poor island nations" and "developing third world countries."
With climate change used as a pretext, the UN ambassadors were invited to a free trip to Sweden.
Founded in 1962, after Swedish FN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld's death in a plane crash in 1961, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation is strongly linked to the Swedish government. In 2014, DHF applied for a 14 million SEK grant from the Swedish Foreign Ministry to "create better living conditions for people living in poverty and oppression."