YOUNG PEOPLE: The driving force of democracy

Today, 15th of September, we celebrate the International Day of Democracy, with the theme of “Empowering the next generation”, which focuses on the essential role that young people play in advancing democracy around the world. Democracy is not only a goal, but also a process that requires the full participation of all citizens, especially youth and other marginalized groups, to...

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DOCUMENTARY: Young Female Councilor in Zambia Showing the Way

They say politics is a dirty game. Well, in this documentary we beam the spotlight on young women who break the bias and are not afraid to get their hands dirty in order to develop their communities. We take a stroll with Zambia's youngest female councilor in her ward as she shares her political journey with two of our fervent...

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CLIMATE FINANCING AS GENDER EQUALITY CATALYST

Relations between climate change and gender equality are more and more in the focus. A lot (but not nearly enough) has already been said about disproportional effects that climate change have on women, who constitute the majority of the population already affected by climate change or being under the direct threat. Worldwide, women have less access to opportunities such as...

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DIVEST NOW!

Divestment is a process on the opposite side of investment. It implies withdrawal of stocks, bonds or investment funds from fossil fuel companies. At the same time divestment is a powerful political tool to point out core problems, to target perpetrators rather than users/victims and to point out necessary changes of the financial system. Throughout history there have been several divestment...

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GREENWASHING – PAINT IT GREEN

In my hometown there is an old company which is somehow still working. The company has a wall which separates the factory grounds from the street and which turned out to be quite suitable for street art. As the number of factory workers went down and the labour rights of those still working decreased, the company owner decided to paint...

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THE ROLE OF STORYTELLERS IN DEVELOPMENT POLICY

Generally the aid policy has been based on donor’s conditions and interest through decades. Though all evidence show that the domination of donor countries perspectives in aids policies is a huge obstacle that still has to be overcome in order to provide a solid foundation for sustainable development. The Swedish newspaper, Götebors Posten, published an important debate written by a...

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GLOBAL CHALLENGES – LOCAL SOLUTIONS

It is often said that climate challenges are global, but the emissions and solutions are local. Each municipality council around the world holds some of the most important keys to unlocking the threats to our future. Let me give you some examples from my home town, Gothenburg, in western Sweden. Encompassing Scandinavia’s biggest port and Sweden’s major automotive industry, the...

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PARTNERSHIPS FOR A SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

In order to understand the Green movement in Eastern Europe one must look at it from a wider perspective. The democratic systems in the region’s countries have been taking constant turns in the last couple of decades, and their governments have been gradually, but surely reducing public liberties.  Continued use of nationalism and hatred are heating up an already turbulent...

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CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE STRATEGIES A TOOL TOWARDS ACHIEVING SDGS

Every country needs to review its progress towards achieving sustainable developments goals by assessing challenges facing its policies in combatting climate change. There is a need for continued technical support, close monitoring of the implementation of all commitments, adequate resource mobilization and mainstreaming of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their targets and indicators within the strategy. We have seen global demands...

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WHAT TO DO(UGHNUT) ABOUT THE ECONOMY?

Traditionally development goes hand in hand with economic growth and the health of nations is measured in monetary terms through gross domestic product (GDP). However, it is evident by looking at the current state of the world that economic growth is not enough to provide basic human rights such as health, water, and food, nor does it after a certain...

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