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

"Take the Swedish children home to IS parents - now!"

The al-Hol camp in Syria is home to about 70 people, many of whom are children. Photo: Y. Boechat / Voice of America

Of: Kerstin Edquist

The children of Swedish IS fighters who are stuck in Syria should be taken home immediately. It writes several debaters and directs harsh criticism against the government. In addition, Sweden's responsibility to receive refugees and respect the right to asylum was debated.

February 6, 2020, Current debate

Peace is at stake when contributions to youth organizations decrease

Reducing aid and grants to youth organizations is dangerous for both peace and democracy, writes Emelie Weski. Photo: Thomas Ulrich, Pixabay

Of: Emelie Weski

The organization of young people is one of the most effective preventive measures against armed conflict. This is confirmed by an independent report from the UN Population Fund. To stop financing young people's organization is to counteract sustainable peace. The Social Democrats, the Moderates and the Sweden Democrats get homework, writes Emelie Weski from LSU.

November 18, 2019, Debate

Young people are not troublemakers - but key actors for peace

When young people organize for peace, they are often seen as troublemakers, writes LSU's Emelie Weski. In the United States, for example, young people protesting against gun violence have been described as "radicals with a history of threats."

Of: Emelie Weski

Young people have a key role to play in promoting sustainable peace. It establishes UN resolutions. Sweden must now prioritize young people's participation in peace work. Otherwise, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and China will use the youth platform to influence the international security situation, writes Emelie Weski from LSU - Sweden's youth organizations.

October 10, 2019, Debate

Reduced aid is causing outrage

Magdalena Andersson

The spring budget presented by Minister of Finance Magdalena Andersson created outrage in the development aid world.

Of: Mona Monasar

The government's decision to take SEK 700 million from the development assistance budget provoked outrage among many organizations this week. At the same time, the debate about the children of IS terrorists in Syria continued. Who is responsible for the children? asked several debaters.

April 12, 2019, Current debate

Include young people - for real!

March for our lives in Minnesota, USA

Young people can be seen in many demonstrations around the world, but they rarely become political representatives, the debater writes. Photo: Fibonacci Blue

Of: Hanna Waerland-Fager

According to the UN, young people have a key role to play in creating peace and security. Despite this, young people are rarely represented in politics. On the contrary, many young people feel frustration, hopelessness and lack of trust in their governments and the international community, writes Hanna Waerland-Fager from the Foreign Policy Association.

April 10, 2019, Debate

Young people are fighting for climate justice

Regardless of the Paris Agreement, fossil-fuel power plants carry on to be built around the world and it is time for countries to step up and take charge of the change needed. Photo: Mike Boening Photography, Flickr

Of: Sumudu Lankika Ginigathgala

Three years on from the Paris Agreement, the 1.5 degrees climate change goal feels uncertain for many people as global temperatures have already risen 1 degree above optimal temperatures. Global temperatures are currently predicted to reach 1.5 degrees between 2030-2052, with worsening conditions. But a recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that it is possible to limit warming to 1.5ºC and to reach the goal by 2030.

December 19, 2018, English, News

What is a Child Bride Worth?

Monica in South Sudan.

When Monica was 15, her parents wanted to marry her off. Photo: Kate Holt / Plan International

Of: Monica

Today is International Girls' Day and we make room for Monica from South Sudan. More than half of the girls in South Sudan are divorced before the age of 18, according to UN figures. Monica was one of those to be divorced. Here she tells her own story to the children's rights organization Plan International.

October 11, 2018, Guest chronicle

Assistance with a focus on the most vulnerable

Photo: Johan Wessman, News Øresund, flikr

Of: Julia Kronlid

The Sweden Democrats want to see aid with a clear focus on poverty reduction and that the best interests of the children should be at the center. In addition to general humanitarian aid, we want to invest SEK 10 billion of the aid budget in refugee aid in the immediate area of ​​various crises. It writes Member of Parliament Julia Kronlid.

June 28, 2018, Debate

Dance makes young people in Kenya grow

Developing in dance creates self-confidence and an identity. Photo: Emma Gidlund.

Of: Kajsa Litton Fredriksson

With tough home conditions, music becomes a safe zone and an opportunity to develop. At the organization Wale Wale Kenya, young people from the slums gather to dance together. Project leader Vennah Atieno talks about how creativity makes young people grow, and about society's sometimes skeptical view of dance.

May 3, 2018, FUF-correspondents