The battle for sustainable development is being decided in the cities

Favelan Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

One billion people live in urban slums. The neighborhood where children grow up is of great importance for their life opportunities, the guest columnists write. Photo: Max Pixel

Of: Elin Andersdotter Fabre and Miriam Matthiessen

Did you know it's World Cities Day today? In the light of the new IPCC report on the climate crisis, we should take advantage of this day and ensure that citizens, decision-makers and people working on development issues understand the role that cities play in shaping our future. Sustainable development has become an increasingly common term in […]

October 31, 2018, Guest chronicle

Cities the key to saving the world's oceans

Of: Barbara Jackson, Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Johan Hassel, Maja Brisvall and Sara Borgström

Today, attention is paid to the water issue in connection with International Water Day. Water is also high on Sweden's international agenda during the spring. In June, Sweden and Fiji will host a UN conference that will address the catastrophic situation that prevails beneath the surface of the world's oceans. It is high time to seriously talk about the underlying causes of one of the most devastating crises of our time, write representatives from research and civil society.

March 22, 2017, Debate

Global agenda requires local implementation

Of: Elin Andersdotter Fabre and Johan Hassel

The importance of cities for global development is growing as the world becomes more urbanized. Therefore, global challenges must be tackled at the local level. Today marks the start of Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Urban Development, in Ecuador's capital Quito. Nordic cities can and should take the lead in the transition to sustainable development - let the conference be the starting point for this, write Johan Hassel and Elin Andersdotter Fabre from the think tank Global Challenge.

October 17, 2016, Debate

Global agenda for urban development - the fate of our time

Of: Carl-Johan Engström, Elin Andersdotter Fabre, Inga Björk Klevby and Johan Hassel

Decisive negotiations begin today on the UN's 20-year strategy for sustainable cities. Something that should be the highest priority for the new Minister for Housing, the Minister for the Environment and the Minister for International Development Cooperation. A global agenda for urban development is the fateful issue of our time, as it plays a crucial role in the implementation of both the climate agreement and Agenda 2030. But it also offers enormous opportunities for companies, local politics and citizens, writes the think tank Global Challenge.

July 25, 2016, Debate