The world's economic and political leaders meet at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Photo: US Embassy Bern / Eric Bridiers

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Climate and democracy debate in the wake of Davos

This week, the World Economic Forum is being held in Davos, Switzerland. There, some of the world's most influential business leaders and politicians meet to try to solve global problems. Based on the meeting in Davos, several debate articles have discussed both climate policy and the importance of transparency among the power elite.

Svenska Dagbladet writes, among others, the International Chamber of Commerce and the Seventh AP Fund about how climate policy needs to be redirected. Instead of being about a carbon tax, it should create new strategies that support and put pressure on both the public sector and companies.

The debaters show, through a new report, that business leaders at the global level are ready to change as they see the profitability of climate-friendly alternatives. At the same time, the report shows that current policies stop companies that want to take their responsibility, among other things through tariffs, poor infrastructure and subsidies for fossil fuels. "Instead of a utopian global carbon tax, there are many concrete measures that can be implemented here and now," the debaters write as a contribution to Davos.

In Dagens Nyheter, researchers Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom point out how the World Economic Forum's non-democratic organization is highly problematic. The meeting is so established that it is mistaken for a UN meeting, despite the lack of both transparency and democratic legitimacy. Given that it is the power elite that meets - and that the direction of world politics is governed by meetings like the one in Davos - it is important and relevant to demand transparency and transparency in an undemocratic foundation such as the World Economic Forum, the researchers say.

The importance of open and democratic societies is also debated in Sydsvenskan, where lead writer Heidi Avellan writes about China's trade routes and how their economic growth takes place at the expense of human rights. She warns against ill-considered collaborations with China, both in Swedish municipalities and in the armed forces.

To conclude this week's debate, Human Right Watch has released its annual report, noting that authoritarian populist leaders continue to undermine democracy. At the same time, leaders are facing strong opposition around the world - from the protests in Budapest over the new law that gives employers the right to delay overtime payments to Ethiopia, which replaced its government under popular pressure.

World Economic Forum in Davos

"Let go of the idea of ​​a global carbon tax"
Susanna Zeko et al., Svenska Dagbladet

"The hidden power in Davos must be critically examined"
Christina Garsten and Adrienne Sörbom, Dagens Nyheter

Share the wealth of Davos!
Maria Ludvigsson, Svenska Dagbladet

Climate and food

"Switch quickly to healthier and more climate-smart food"
Sarah Cornell et al., Dagens Nyheter

Authoritarian regimes

The authoritarian trend is broken
Måns Molander, Svenska Dagbladet

Silk road to world power
Heidi Avellan, Sydsvenskan

Prohibition of nuclear weapons

Wallström's poster policy puts our safety at risk
Linda Nordlund, Expressen

Give Wallström a pillow of shame
Gunnar Jonsson, Dagens Nyheter

Sweden's foreign policy with the new government

S does not own Swedish foreign policy
Erik Helmerson, Dagens Nyheter

Swedish UN soldiers

Well, global security is a shared responsibility
Annelie Börjesson, Aftonbladet

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