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
Date and time: 30 Mar, 18:00 - 19:00
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has written together with other world leaders that "none of us is safe until everyone is safe" and has demanded that the Covid-19 vaccine should not be distributed based on countries' ability to pay but rather on public health needs. At the same time, Sweden and other rich countries have pushed ahead of the global vaccination queue when they bought up a large […]
March 22, 2021, Calendar, Seminars, Webcast
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
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, Article, English, Magazine, Report
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
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 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
The people of Syria are more concerned about escalating violence than the spread of the coronavirus. Photo: Freedom House / Flickr
Of: Karl Fahlvik
The organization Syria Relief works to help sick women and children in Syria with local doctors and nurses. But the corona pandemic is causing concern in a country plagued by war and insecurity.
September 11, 2020, News
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
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