Dealing with major forest fires and climate change requires more international cooperation, according to several debaters.

Current debate

Debaters demand more international cooperation

Many worried voices have been heard in connection with the ongoing fires in Australia and the recent UN climate summit in Madrid. This has given rise to a debate about climate change and who actually bears the ultimate responsibility in global climate work.

MEP Alice Bah Kuhnke (MP) describes in Sydsvenskan the UN climate summit as "in many ways a disappointment". She believes that politicians must immediately start going from word to deed to influence development. However, she underlines some cautious progress and highlights the UN's 5-year action plan aimed at strengthening gender equality and equality in international climate work.

"In the wake of climate change, women are hardest hit," writes Alice Bah Kuhnke.

The importance of global collaboration is also emphasized by Aftonbladet's lead writer Jenny Wennberg. She writes that fire-ravaged Australia, like Sweden last summer, is unable to handle this serious situation without help from the outside world.

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, emphasizes a similar view in Aftonbladet and then presents the Union's plan to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

"The European green light is the EU's response to people's demands. It is presented by the EU, for the citizens and contributes to a better world ", she writes.

At the same time, Dagens Nyheter's lead writer Martin Liby Troein emphasizes the difficulties of global cooperation and the desire of various actors to evade responsibility and promote self-interest. He argues that Sweden should pay attention to what has actually been achieved and points out the carbon dioxide tax as an example of this.

“In fact, it should be impossible to get anyone anywhere at all. But we have done that ", writes Martin Liby Troein.

Professors Marie Demker and Johannes Persson write in the Gothenburg Post about the importance of humanities research to achieve the global goals. They argue that there should be a redistribution of resources, where Swedish research should focus more on the humanities, as "many societal problems can not be solved without knowledge of human conditions and cultural conditions".

A selection of the last week's editorial and debate articles about Sweden's role in the world:

Climate change

"Climate work without a clear focus on gender equality and equality will not succeed."
Alice Bah Kuhnke, Southern Sweden

Apathy and pessimism are more dangerous than the climate threat itself
The editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter

The climate crisis should frighten capitalists
Jenny Wennberg, Aftonbladet

We should not be able to solve the climate crisis and yet we may do so
Martin Liby Troein, Dagens Nyheter

The EU's response to the protests of Greta and our young people
Ursula von der Leyen, Aftonbladet

Swedish research

The humanities are needed to curb societal problems
Marie Demker and Johannes Persson, Göteborgs-posten


Open your eyes to the Iranian threat to Sweden
Nima Rostami, The Express

The Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Convention on the Rights of the Child strengthens the rights of minors
Åsa Lindhagen, Dagens Nyheter

Signal policy when the Convention on the Rights of the Child becomes Swedish law
The editorial staff, Dagens Nyheter


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