Panic can cost more than the pandemic

Person wears protective clothing and toilet paper

When panic strikes a society, it is rational for the individual to protect his loved ones. But it can prove to be counterproductive, the debaters write.

Of: Anna of Owl Glass, Johan Stellansson and Olof Sandkull

When the media reports deaths as a sports result, it is easy to lose your temper and panic. But perhaps panic is more dangerous than the pandemic itself. The measures to stop the infection will lead to increased hunger, water shortages and more violence around the world, write three debaters.

April 20, 2020, Debate

Sweden should recognize Western Sahara

It occupied Western Sahara

Large parts of Western Sahara are occupied by Morocco. Jan Strömdahl thinks that Sweden should recognize Western Sahara as a country. Photo: YoTuT (CC BY 2.0) and private

Of: Jan Strömdahl

Despite the fact that Western Sahara is occupied in a similar way to Palestine, few in Sweden are aware of the situation there. Sweden should now recognize Western Sahara as a country, strengthen aid and boycott products from the occupied territory. It writes Jan Strömdahl from the Swedish Western Sahara Committee.

April 8, 2020, Debate

Let us create a decade of solidarity

Nick Doggen

Nick Doggen is the international secretary of Green Youth.

Of: Nick Doggen

Within ten years, we will eradicate extreme poverty, reduce inequalities and injustices, promote peace and justice, and resolve the climate crisis. Achieving the global goals and Agenda 2030 is a huge challenge. We in Green Youth have always fought for a greener and fairer world. But in order to achieve the global goals, everyone must be involved - and those who have the most resources must shoulder the greatest responsibility.

March 27, 2020, Debate

Use trade to pressure the regime in Cambodia

Clothing store in Cambodia

Cambodia is a major exporter of textile products and H&M is one of the largest buyers.

Of: Åsa Eriksson

In recent years, Cambodia has gone against a dictatorship. Independent media have been shut down, the opposition party has been banned and critics of the regime have been imprisoned. At the same time, we import clothes and other goods cheaply from the country. It is good that the EU is now changing its favorable trade agreement with Cambodia, writes the Social Democrats' trade policy spokesperson Åsa Eriksson.

March 23, 2020, Debate

Hunger should be combated with more productive agriculture in Africa

Agriculture and Inge Gerremo

Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa must be able to saturate a rapidly growing population, writes Inge Gerrremo.

Of: Inge Gerremo

The fact that hunger is brought up for discussion is very welcome. But with the huge population increase Africa is facing, African agriculture will need to increase its productivity. Something that in turn requires significant structural changes in the coming decades, writes Inge Gerremo who has worked for many years with global food supply.

March 13, 2020, Debate

Do not disappoint children and young people on the run

Children and Emelie Weski

A large proportion of migrants at the EU border are children. Sweden must take its responsibility and protect them, writes Emelie Weski. Photo: Pixabay and Joakim Lindgren

Of: Emelie Weski

Jimmie Åkesson distributes leaflets in Turkey, Ulf Kristersson poses in hunting clothes and Stefan Löfven waits for help. At the same time, children and young people are being shelled at EU borders. Now Sweden must take its responsibility and help the children who need our protection, writes Emelie Weski from LSU - Sweden's Youth Organizations.

March 11, 2020, Debate

Inequality is about life and death

In Guatemala, women in agriculture often lack formal ownership of the land they cultivate. This means that they are less able to make investments and plan to adapt to climate change. Pictured are women from the Madre Tierra agricultural cooperative. Photo: Jesper Klemedsson

Of: Anders Lago, Anna Tibblin, Britta von Schoultz, Erica Lundgren, Helen Persson, Lotta Folkesson and Tommy Ohlström

Stupid, said the UN Secretary-General recently, about inequality in the world. He's right. Lack of respect for women's rights is one reason why women die in the fight for their land and against climate change. Sweden must push for women's democratic rights, writes the aid organization We Effects' board.

March 9, 2020, Debate

Climate change is a gender equality issue!

Women in the world grow a large part of the food for their families. At the same time, they are more exposed to climate change than men.

Of: Lisa Tover

Women are 14 times more likely than men to die from natural disasters caused by climate change. At the same time, it is often women who to a large extent cultivate food and give birth to the world. It is high time that the women and non-binaries affected by climate change are heard and included, writes Lisa Tover, who is currently practicing among small farmers in Colombia.

March 6, 2020, Debate

Do not allow aid to drive the privatization of care and education

Eva Ekelund and Gunilla Axelsson Nycander

Eva Ekelund and Gunnel Axelsson Nycander work at Act Svenska Kyrkan, which has just published a report on development assistance mixed with commercial capital.

Of: Eva Ekelund and Gunnel Axelsson Nycander

Combining development assistance with commercial capital - so-called mixed financing - is an important method of increasing private investment in sustainable development. But there are times when mixed financing is inappropriate. For example, it should not be allowed to influence decisions on privatizations in healthcare and education. This is one of the conclusions in a new report by the Church of Sweden Act.

March 5, 2020, Debate

Why should we continue with aid in 2020?

In connection with natural disasters such as the cyclone in Mozambique, large and increasing amounts are still being collected. But there are many other motives for the aid, writes the aid expert Lennart Wohlgemuth. Photo: Africom (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Lennart Wohlgemuth

Ever since we started with Swedish official development assistance, solidarity has been the most important motive for providing support to the world's poor in their quest for development. In recent years, that motive has been increasingly questioned. But there are also other important motives for continuing with aid, writes aid expert Lennart Wohlgemuth.

March 2, 2020, Debate