Week 21: Hijacking, poison scandal and divided opinions about Israel-Palestine

Of: Josefine Hörkeby and Kevin Perera

Last week, Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko's actions led to widespread criticism from the outside world. Swedish debaters are now calling for sanctions and a new policy towards Belarus and its Russian allies. At the same time, the Israel-Palestine conflict continues to provoke debate. The Swedish metal company Boliden's dark past in Chile is also highlighted by UN rapporteur Marcos Orellana.

May 31, 2021, Current debate

More difficult but not impossible - covid-19 and the global goals

Of: Alan Atkisson

Covid-19 has turned difficult progress into setbacks. The latest figures from the World Bank give a gloomy picture in areas such as global poverty, hunger, health and education. But in the midst of a pandemic, we are also experiencing a dramatic acceleration of digitalisation, greater opportunities for equal inclusion and the development of new investment instruments to lift people out of poverty. We must look at the big picture, think long-term and continue to look for more effective levers for change, says Alan AtKisson, department manager at Sida.

February 15, 2021, Debate

Famine as a weapon in Yemen: A report on the world's biggest neglected Humanitarian Crisis

Peter Biro (European Union 2019) / Flickr

Peter Biro (European Union 2019) / Flickr

Of: Leni Lindemann and Sofu's Malte Rønberg

Political conflict is driving Yemen into the world's biggest humanitarian crisis. Over half of the Yemeni population is acutely food insecure due to the deliberate targeting of food supply and infrastructure. In order to end hunger and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2, international attention on the political nature of the crisis is required.

December 16, 2020, Paper, English, Shops, Report

The pandemic leads to setbacks for the girls of the world

Plan International supported the training of 20 girls from Bohicon and Abomey to help them make 250 protective face masks. When completed, a group of youth activists from Plan International projects helped distribute them to traineeships to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Benin. Photo: Plan Sweden.

Of: Mariann Eriksson and Alexandra Pärnebjörk

For almost a year, the world has been living with the coronavirus. It is now clear that the pandemic, and the efforts being made to stop the spread of infection, are hitting different groups differently. But as in many previous crises and disasters, there is one group that is particularly vulnerable: the teenage girls. Especially when it comes to their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

December 9, 2020, Debate

A new health strategy beyond the pandemic

EU4Health acts as a preventive health program for life after the pandemic. Photo: Canva.com.

Of: Miriam Derko

The pandemic has forced politicians at both EU and home level to pursue new strategies and programs to stabilize the economy, support the suffering labor market and drive innovation in health-related areas. The EU is now discussing a new health strategy for the coming years. 

November 26, 2020, Current debate

Women's rights are threatened again in Poland 

Women's rights are threatened in Poland. Photo: Arewicz / Category: Łódź / 2016 April 1-10

Of: Julia Thalin

Last week, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that abortion of fetuses with serious birth defects is contrary to the Polish constitution. The decision opens up for further tightening of the law, which in practice means a total ban on abortion. Thousands of Poles and international actors condemn the decision.  

October 26, 2020, News

Financially vulnerable people fall victim to the pharmaceutical companies' tests


In high-income countries, pharmaceutical research is highly regulated, while in low-income countries there is often a lack of clear ethical regulations.

Of: Isabella Overödder

The Corona pandemic has sparked discussions about whether new vaccines and medicines should be tested in low-income countries. It is a historical trend that drug research is carried out on economically disadvantaged people, while it is the richer people who ultimately have access to the medicines.

May 11, 2020, Report

Clean water is a key goal in Agenda 2030

Women wash clothes in a river.

The earth's water resources must be managed both long-term sustainably and fairly, writes Viktor Sundman. Photo: Andrés Gómez / Pixabay

Of: Viktor Sundman

Water is essential for stopping hunger, maintaining good health and producing electricity and goods. But in 30 years, five billion people are expected to live in water shortages at least one month a year. How we handle water will be decisive for whether we will achieve the global goals in Agenda 2030, writes Viktor Sundman at the water institute SIWI.

April 29, 2020, Debate

Guyana needs new suicide prevention strategies

Guyana is the country in the world with the most suicide cases in relation to its population. Photo: John and Elaine Chesterton, Flickr.

Of: Nagaad Kadir Abdimaxmud

Every year, 800 people worldwide choose to commit suicide. Guyana is the country that tops the lists when it comes to the proportion of suicide cases in relation to population. According to statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), 000 out of 30 people commit suicide in Guyana. Globally, the proportion who commit suicide is significantly lower. On average, 100 […] commit

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November 19, 2019, Chronicle