The decentralization reform that has been underway in Ukraine since 2014 has been described as one of the main reasons for the country's valiant resistance in the war against Russia - which was not on the spreadsheets of analysts around the world. Sweden has a decisive importance for the continued survival of the reform.
Of: Andreas Klawitter, July 28, 2022
Sweden's material footprint is increasing and sustainable consumption and production patterns are one of our biggest challenges. During Almedal Week 2022, there was consensus among researchers about the negative impact of overconsumption on the climate. Heavily reduced carbon dioxide emissions and more circular flows of goods and services are examples of more sustainable consumption patterns, but the path there is complicated.
Of: Fanny Tegman Lindholm, July 26, 2022
21 million people in East Africa have suffered from hunger so far this year due to global food price increases, according to Hanna Nelson, policy manager at Oxfam Sweden. Regulating speculation on food prices and long-term aid can mitigate the consequences of food insecurity in the future – especially for girls and women who are hit hardest.
Of: Sandra Duru, July 25, 2022
Sweden's settlements on aid meant 40 percent cut annual budgets for several civil society organizations and their partner operations. Utvecklingsmagasinet has interviewed five organizations that warn that their partner organizations are losing confidence in Sweden and finding it difficult to maintain their work against, among other things, child marriage and female genital mutilation.
Of: Hibo Yusuf Ahmed, July 21, 2022
One year after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, the country is hard hit by poverty, famine, unemployment and dismantled health care. During Almedalen Week, several people discussed the crisis situation in the country.
Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine, July 20, 2022
Russia's war on Ukraine is regularly reported on the news. We are reached by testimonies of horrific war crimes that describe how Russian soldiers have raped and executed civilians, as well as attacked hospitals and residential buildings in Ukraine. And Sweden takes a great international responsibility to conduct investigations into war crimes in the world.
Of: Elin Malmqvist, July 19, 2022
While people fleeing the war in Ukraine seek refuge in Britain, refugees continue to cross the English Channel from the French city of Calais to the coast of south-east England. Britain is now facing criticism, both from domestic and French voices - who claim that they take far too little responsibility for the refugee situation in Europe.
Of: Maria Jacobsson, July 14, 2022
In Per Bolund's (MP) party leadership speech during Almedalen Week, he raised, among other things, the climate crisis, the issue of Swedish NATO membership and that Sweden should become independent of Russian gas. In addition, the focus was mostly on climate policy within Sweden's borders - despite the fact that the outside world is a recurring theme in the Green Party's party program.
Of: Julia Lundén Azzeddine, Andreas Klawitter and Elin Malmqvist, July 7, 2022
Solidarity in the form of aid, joint work for the climate and support for Ukraine is the way forward, according to the Center Party's party leader Annie Lööf. The message in her party leadership speech during Almedalen Week was clear - Ukraine's thing is ours. She also mentioned Swedish aid and that the Center Party stands up for the one percent goal.
Of: Brusk Ismail, Hanna Carlsson, Linnea Ljungar and Sara Lannebo, July 7, 2022