Women's rights must not be overshadowed

While all focus is on the coronavirus, women's vulnerability is greater than in a long time in large parts of the world. Photo: Jeyaratnam Caniceus / Pixabay

Of: Charlotte isaksson

For women's rights, the covid-19 pandemic could not have come at a worse time. 2020 would be the year when two important anniversaries were celebrated. The 25 years that have passed since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Gender Equality in 1995, and the fact that it is 20 years since UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was adopted unanimously […]

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July 14, 2020, Guest chronicle

Military abuses create questions about Sweden's support for Colombia

Confidence in the Colombian military is weak in Colombia. It complicates the peace process, the debater writes. Photo: Piqsels

Of: Mimmi Clase Hagman

In late June, seven Colombian soldiers abducted and raped an 11-year-old girl from the indigenous people of Emberá-Chamí. This cruel event raises questions about how Sweden - which is a major donor to the ongoing peace process - should relate to developments in Colombia. It writes master's student Mimmi Clase Hagman.

July 7, 2020, Debate

"Global emission reductions must be the overriding goal of policy"

The international perspective must permeate all Swedish climate policy, write nine researchers at DN Debatt.

Of: Sarah Hyde

Sweden's climate policy has continued to be debated on several opinion pages during the week. Some want the international perspective to permeate Swedish climate policy, others that large-scale environmental damage should become an international crime. The EU's role in the US-Iran conflict has also been discussed.

January 16, 2020, Current debate

Colombian peace is threatened by Swedish meat consumption

When we eat beef in Sweden, it affects the possibilities for a lasting peace in Colombia, says researcher Jairo Restrepo.

Of: Lydia Källberg Normark

There is a link between Swedish meat consumption and a lack of security in Colombia. That is the opinion of Colombian researcher Jairo Restrepo. The global food system with a focus on exports and large-scale is in the way of a fair distribution of resources - and thus a sustainable peace in Colombia.

January 16, 2020, Interview

We must join forces against the proliferation of weapons

The uncontrolled flow of small and light weapons has serious consequences around the world, the debaters write. Photo: Pixabay

Of: Anders Ankarlid, Karin Enström, Karin Olofsson, Martin Nihlgard and Olle Thorell

Over a billion small and light weapons are circulating around the world, many of which are illegal. The existence of illegal weapons is directly linked to conflict, terrorism, organized crime and violence against women. Now politicians, companies and civil society must work together to reduce the spread of weapons in the world, several debaters write.

December 17, 2019, Debate

Nuclear weapons are the fateful issue of our time

Every new shutter button installed in a presidential palace anywhere in the world increases the risk of a humane and ecological disaster, the debater writes.

Of: Martin Pudaric

More and more countries are currently preparing for nuclear war. A nuclear war would be a threat to all life on our planet and would pale in comparison to the damaging effects of climate change. Sweden must take a leading role in disarmament and sign the UN Convention against Nuclear Weapons, writes Martin Pudaric from S-students.

November 26, 2019, Debate

We must take cyber threats seriously

Padlock on keyboard

Digital threats and vulnerabilities greatly affect people's everyday lives. Cyber ​​security should be an issue for the whole society, the debaters write.

Of: Emma Henriksson and Vendela Rupp

Today we are dependent on digital services to shop, read news and keep in touch with each other. This means that our everyday lives can be quickly put out of play through cyber attacks and false information. Cyber ​​threats are not just an issue for countries' defense but for entire societies, write Vendela Rupp and Emma Henriksson.

November 20, 2019, Debate

Religious actors are important in creating peace and development

Priest gives communion

Confidence in religious leaders is in many contexts significantly higher than in politicians and decision-makers, the debaters write.

Of: Amanda Björksell, Jakob Schwarz and Veronica Pålsson

Religious actors are of great importance to people around the world - and therefore also in the work with the global goals. To work for peace between people, to serve one's neighbor and to safeguard creation is a foundation in world religions. As active in the Church of Sweden's Youth and the Church of Sweden, we see no contradiction in a development cooperation that is both faith- and rights-based.

November 19, 2019, 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

The climate threat must be handled as a security threat

A tornado has wreaked havoc.

Extreme weather such as storms and floods not only cause havoc, but are also a breeding ground for conflicts, the debaters write. The photo was taken after a tornado in Oklahoma, USA.

Of: Aleese Rydlund, Katarina Folkeson and Christopher Åberg

Climate change is one of our absolute greatest threats to peace and security. When more people are to agree on fewer resources, a breeding ground for conflicts is created. Now we must do everything we can to stop the climate crisis - and at the same time prepare for rescue work and refugee reception, write Green students.

November 15, 2019, Debate