Week 22: Climate summit in Stockholm and Turkey's demands for Swedish NATO membership guide this week's debate

This is what it looked like when world leaders triumphantly agreed on the 1,5-degree goal at the climate summit in Paris in 2015. In connection with the Stockholm + 50 meeting that took place this week, it is still a matter of rolling up our sleeves and getting the job done, Lovisa Arvidsson writes in Aftonbladet. Photo: UNclimatechange. Source: Flickr.

Of: Hanne Karlsson and Markus Hietanen

During the past week, both Turkey's demands for Swedish NATO membership and the Stockholm + 50 Climate Summit have been debated. How should Sweden respond to Turkey's various demands and what is most important to prioritize in the climate issue? 

June 8, 2022, Current debate

The Ukraine war becomes important for the UN climate summit in Stockholm

For several years, there have been climate demonstrations around the world. Now in June, the countries of the world gather at the UN climate summit +50 in Stockholm with the ambition of reaching increased consensus in climate change. Photo: Callum Shaw. Source: Unsplash.

Of: Idun Eklind

On 2 and 3 June, the UN climate summit +50 will be held at Älvsjömässan in Stockholm, where Sweden together with Kenya will host. The impending climate crisis requires adaptation work that makes Agenda 2030 a reality, and the Ukraine War may have an impact on future climate work.

June 1, 2022, Notis

China welcomes UN visit following allegations of human rights abuses

In May, UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet will visit China, due to the country's treatment of the Uighur ethnic group.

Of: Samira Issa

After five years of waiting, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has been approved to visit Xinjiang in China. The UN wants to visit the region due to reports that up to one million Uighurs are being held in detention camps there.

April 22, 2022, News

Invasion is always wrong - even in Western Sahara

Image from the documentary 3 Stolen Cameras, secretly filmed in occupied Western Sahara by Equipe Media in collaboration with RåFilm.

Of: Lena Thunberg

Russia's invasion of Ukraine rightly takes a large place in the media. But it must not make us completely forget about other wars and conflicts. One of them is Morocco's invasion and occupation of Western Sahara - which was blessed by former US President Donald Trump. This is what Lena Thunberg, editor of Tidskriften Västsahara, writes in a guest analysis.

April 19, 2022, Guest analysis

Human rights activist Sultana: "Western Sahara must be free"

Western Saharan activist Sultana has had her eye removed as she protests against the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. This is what Lena Thunberg, editor of Tidskriften Västsahara, writes in a guest column. Photo: Jan Strömdahl.

Of: Lena Thunberg

Western Saharan human rights activist Sultana Khaya has been under house arrest for more than a year in Morocco-occupied Western Sahara. Her crime? She waves the flag of Western Sahara. This is what Lena Thunberg, editor of Tidskriften Västsahara, writes in a guest column.

March 31, 2022, Guest chronicle

Millions of people are at risk of starvation when severe droughts hit Somalia

Road outside the city of Jowhar in Somalia an area where many have been forced to leave their homes due to drought and conflict. Photo: Tobin Jones, AMISOM / AU. Source: Flickr.

Of: Wilma Sörman Ivarzon

The drought in Somalia is likely to be the worst in 40 years and thousands are at risk of starvation. Despite this, billions in aid money are missing to be able to meet the problems with the drought.

March 30, 2022, Notis

The UN Environment Assembly is approaching a global agreement on plastic waste

In March, the UN Environment Assembly signed an agreement on plastic waste. By 2024, a legally, internationally binding agreement must be written on littering. Photo: Kim Haughton. Source: Flickr.

Of: Frida Lindberg

The summit with the UN Environment Assembly UNEA in March ended with, among other things, an agreement to develop a global, legally binding agreement on plastic waste. Approaching such an agreement is considered groundbreaking because environmental issues were put on hold during covid-19 - and it is only now that they have returned to the agenda again.

March 29, 2022, Notis

The UN criticizes Guatemala's and Sweden's racial discrimination against indigenous peoples

An investment in hydropower in Guatemala has a negative effect on indigenous culture, says indigenous leader Mario López. In the picture, he is standing in front of the river Chixoy, which as a result of a power plant is now half as wide. Photo: Sori Lundqvist, Source: The Latin American groups.

Of: Lina Kallio

56 years ago, the UN General Assembly decided on the abolition of racial discrimination. Despite this, there is widespread and structural discrimination against indigenous peoples both in Guatemala and in Sweden.

March 24, 2022, Analysis

This is how the activists work to stop female genital mutilation

Educating the mothers of today and the future is a way to reduce female genital mutilation. Pictured: Campaign in Somalia against female genital mutilation - which is a widespread problem in the country. Photo: AU UN IST PHOTO / David Mutua. Source: Flickr.

Of: Fanny Andersson

The pandemic has caused female genital mutilation to increase again in several parts of the world. Using various methods, activists from Egypt, Somalia and Guinea are fighting to spread knowledge about female genital mutilation and overcome the problem.

March 18, 2022, News

Fateful climate report was released in the shadow of the war in Ukraine

- I have seen many reports, but nothing like the new IPCC report, wrote UN Secretary-General António Guterres after the publication of the UN Climate Panel's latest report.

Of: Moa Backman-Enelius

The UN's latest climate report shows that not enough is being done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. No matter what measures we take today, we risk reaching an elevated average temperature of 1,5 degrees within two decades, according to Hoesung Lee, chairman of the UN Climate Panel.

March 15, 2022, Notis