The world’s addiction to fossil fuels is the main contributor to the climate crisis, and it impacts peace and security worldwide. This was clearly demonstrated in 2022 by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But why is it so difficult for nations to move away from fossil fuels? Part of it can be explained by the so-called energy trilemma, according to Marie Stjernquist Desatnik, Senior Climate Policy Advisor at Naturskyddsföreningen (the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, SSNC). She argues that transitioning towards renewable forms of energy is essential to achieve human security worldwide.
Access to safe water and sanitation has been recognised as both a human right under international law and an important objective for the international community through its inclusion in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Equitable access to water contributes to the achievement of key objectives, including gender equality, climate resilience, and peace and security.
Av: Melanie Rideout
Climate change is the inevitable culmination of the bad decisions we have made as a collective community. To address these challenges, we need to fundamentally change the architecture of our current system. That starts with ensuring meaningful participation, from the bottom-up, writes Melanie Rideout, Global Sustainable Innovation Manager and Climate Resilience Lead at Läkarmissionen.
Notwithstanding the efforts by many to raise awareness on climate change, for example by multilateral conferences, the fate of reducing global warming depends on the economic and political distribution of power on a global scale.
Equitable global development requires that basic needs are met in communities safe from the worst effects of war, global warming, pollution, poverty, and pandemics. Problems persist because we lack a systematic response – but we can gain that if oil and military firms causing problems are transformed into platforms for civilian, sustainable development through conversion and proactive investment campaigns aimed at universities and local investment actors, writes Jonathan Michael Feldman, who works in the Department of Economic History and International Relations at Stockholm University.
Av: Arzo Bahar
Eight months after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, hope is paused as new policies restricting women are confirmed. These include an ongoing ban of secondary school for girls and increasingly stringent male escort requirements. Arzo Bahar, the president of the Female Staff Association of the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, describes her experience as a working woman and mother, and the fears she has for her daughters.
Several EU institutions are currently working to improve the inclusion and representation of youth in the European Union and especially in its external action agenda, says Johanna Caminati Engström, policy and advocacy officer at Plan International’s EU office. She highlights the importance of EU’s newly implemented work such as the first-ever Youth Action Plan and reflects on its long term impacts.
Av: Hibo Yusuf Ahmed
The concept of an inclusive economy has proved to make significant change in Rwanda, lifting millions out of poverty, according to the UN. The organization Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), which is partly funded by the Swedish government, identifies market gaps and design interventions to close those gaps – making the market accessible to the most vulnerable in society. – Poor people stay poor because they are excluded from different markets, says Jean Bosco Iyacu, CEO of AFR.
As the world is still struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, complex man-made and natural crises are evolving and causing major setbacks in the living standards and safety of countless people globally. While the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) give a promise of leaving no one behind, a study by the International Rescue Committee […]
Av: Ivette Nogués
After surpassing the threshold of 50% of the world population who have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, some may feel like we are finally putting the pandemic behind us. However, many experts warn that the crisis is far from over – and that its long-term consequences are still very difficult to estimate.