We must disarm - for human and ecological security

The US military consumes as much fossil fuel as 140 countries combined. Disarmament is important for both human and ecological safety, writes the debater Ida Arneson.

Of: Ida Arneson

War and military violence always involve human suffering and ecological damage. Investing in military rearmament is therefore the wrong way to go. Our time requires instead a courageous and radical security policy, and above all a disarmament policy - for people's right to life in peace, for equality and for the climate.

October 31, 2019, Debate

Trade unions are crucial to world peace and security

Demonstration for better living conditions in Tunisia

In Tunisia, the unions played a crucial role in reducing tensions after the Arab Spring, writes debater Ruben Wågman. Photo: Gilbert Scossar and private

Of: Ruben Wågman

Through the work for decent wages, social security, and the pursuit of dialogue, democratic unions have a unique ability to work for peace and prevent conflict. It shows examples from Sudan, Tunisia, South Korea and Brazil, among others. More voices and actors, both in Sweden and in the world, need to stand up for people's right to organize and work in a union.

October 29, 2019, Debate

Coherent voices for international action against Turkey

To protect the Kurds in Syria, Green Youth wants a UN troop to enter the area, under Swedish leadership. Photo: Taylor Mohr

Of: Filippa Dyrefors

The debate over Turkey's offensive in Syria has continued to be intense this week. A number of opinion leaders have commented on the responsibilities of both the UN and the EU, and that Sweden should take a clear position to protect the Kurds. But there are also voices who think that the image of the conflict is misleading.

October 16, 2019, Current debate

War technology can be a tool for peace

Unmanned vehicles, so-called drones, could be used to prevent conflicts, says the debater Zebulon Carlander.

Of: Zebulon Carlander

Modern technology is often seen as a necessity in war. But new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and drones, could just as easily be an important tool for creating lasting peace. The debater Zebulon Carlander thinks that we should think more creatively about new technology.

October 15, 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

Sida must prioritize the work against the illegal distribution of weapons

Small and light weapons - such as pistols and rifles - kill half a million people every year. They are therefore called today's real weapons of mass destruction.

Of: Body Valero, Charlotta Lotta Hedström, Charlotte Lotta Ohlsson, Christer Winbäck, Desired Pethrus, Eva Zetterberg, Håkan Svenneling, Hanna Gunnarsson, Karin Enström, Lotta Johnson Fornarve and Yasmine Posio Nilsson

Every day, an average of 575 people in the world are killed by weapons such as rifles and pistols. The Government's priorities in these matters are clear. Reducing the illegal flow of small arms and light weapons is an important goal of peace work. Now Sida must also listen to it, write 11 current and former members of parliament from different parties.

October 1, 2019, Debate

More people need to talk more about sustainable peace and security

Young people have a key role and should therefore be given a place in the debate on peace and security, writes Veronica Sällemark.

Of: Veronica Sällemark

According to the young people of the world is our biggest global challenge the climate crisis, followed by the risk of a large-scale war. We have a difficult security situation globally. It requires new perspectives and more voices in the debate on Sweden's role in global sustainable peace and security. Young people have a key role and should therefore be given a place in the debate, writes FUF's Veronica Sällemark

September 20, 2019, Debate

High hopes for the new Foreign Minister

New Foreign Minister Ann Linde. Photo: World Trade Organization (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Kerstin Edquist

In just over a week, Sweden has received a new foreign minister, a new government declaration and a new budget. This has, of course, caused debate in the Swedish media. Several organizations are hoping for more feminism in foreign policy. The Liberals want to see rapid support for activists in Hong Kong.

September 19, 2019, Current debate

Sweden must sign the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Sweden is facing a choice of path: go ahead and continue to push for disarmament or passively watch when the nuclear threat increases, writes Jaime Gomez from the Feminist Initiative. Photo: Ralf Schlesener (CC BY 2.0).

Of: Jaime Gomez

A major nuclear war would make our planet uninhabitable for humans. Despite this, Sweden and the EU have not wanted to ratify the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. We must realize that disarmament is the only way to peace and human security, writes Jaime Gomez from the Feminist Initiative.

June 7, 2019, Debate