Strengthen the links between human rights and sustainable peace in aid strategies

Of: Daniel Wickstrom, Fredrik Svensson and Ulrika Strand

Strategies are the government's most important instrument for managing development cooperation and humanitarian aid. Although the government recognizes the links between human rights and sustainable peace, our study shows that the strategies do not do them justice. It writes representatives of the Fund for Human Rights.

December 17, 2018, Debate

Take a stand against nuclear weapons - for the sake of democracy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström 2017.

Following pressure from the United States, Sweden has still not signed the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Of: Josephine Lind

Following threats from the United States, Sweden has not yet signed the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. If Sweden does not dare, then how should poorer countries dare to take a stand? Countries at risk of withdrawn aid and reduced cooperation. Now Sweden must stand up for democracy in disarmament, writes Josefin Lind at Svenska Läkare mot Kärnvapen.

December 14, 2018, Debate

Women's work on peace issues must be a priority

Of: Mona Monasar and Sana Pirot

The theme of this year's Human Rights Days was the right to a life free from violence. And that was exactly what was discussed at the seminar Agenda 2030 and security for women and children on the run. Women and children on the run are a group that is extremely exposed to both violence and insecurity. But to increase women's influence […]

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December 4, 2018, Chronicle

Peace in Colombia in danger - Sweden must act

Fields in Colombia.

Peace in Colombia is fragile after new armed groups have emerged in different parts of the country. Photo: Niel Palmer (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: William Martinez

It has now been two years since the peace agreement was signed between the Colombian state and the guerrilla group FARC. But peace is threatened by new armed groups. Sweden - which has played an important role in the peace process - must now take an active role in making the peace agreement a reality, writes William Martínez in the Colombian network.

November 19, 2018, Debate

Sweden - arms exporter and peace broker?

Said Mohammed stands at his son's grave in Yemen.

Said Mohammed's 8-month-old son starved to death during the ongoing war in Yemen. Photo: Nariman El-Mofty, AP (CC BY 2.0)

Of: Karl Follin

Swedish arms exports contribute, according to some, to what has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times: the war in Yemen. At the same time, many are putting their hopes in future peace negotiations - with the help of Sweden.

November 7, 2018, Current debate

Participation and inclusion lay the foundation for a lasting peace

Representatives of Afro-Colombian organizations in Colombia.

Civil society must be involved in the peace process in order to achieve lasting peace. Here, Afro-Colombian organizations participate in the peace process in Colombia. Photo: US Institute of Peace

Of: Annika Schabbauer and Lovisa Dahlström

To create a lasting peace, it is important to engage people in civil society. Together, we must then create channels so that participation takes root in national politics. This is how sustainable peace is built, by listening to those affected, write Annika Schabbauer and Lovisa Dahlström from the organization Operation 1325.

October 23, 2018, Debate

Climate and environment - a key to sustainable peace

Fishermen in East Timor

Access to water and sanitation has been an important issue in the conflict in East Timor. Photo: Yeowatzup, Flickr.

Of: Florian Krampe and Karolina Eklöw

Although climate and environmental issues are often central to conflicts, they are often forgotten in peace processes. Examples from Colombia, East Timor and Iraq show that land, water and climate change are crucial issues for achieving lasting peace, write Karolina Eklöw and Florian Krampe from the research institute Sipri.

October 18, 2018, Debate

Sweden's voice in the Security Council - a voice in the world

Of: Sana Pirot

When Sweden was elected to the UN Security Council for the fourth time, the joy was great. A small country like Sweden would take a place in the world's highest decision-making body in 2017–2018 as a non-permanent state. Sweden has received much attention for its involvement in the Security Council, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres has emphasized that Sweden is an important […]

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October 10, 2018, Chronicle

Security policy is about cooperation - not deterrence

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meets in Hamburg. Photo: Glyn Lowe (CC BY 2.0).

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) meets in Hamburg. Photo: Glyn Lowe (CC BY 2.0).

Of: Lars Ingelstam and Lotta Sjöström Becker

Preventing armed conflict does not gain political points in election times but is a prerequisite for lasting peace. We must build trust and friendship instead of suspicion and a reactive security policy, write Professor Lars Ingelstam and Kristna Fred's Lotta Sjöström Becker.

October 8, 2018, Debate