The Swedish government’s climate initiatives

Sweden is to become one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare nations, and the Government is now implementing the largest initiatives on climate and the environment in modern times. Three years into the Government’s electoral period, its initiatives have resulted in the introduction of a climate policy framework, a changeover in the transport sector from […]

World Bank: Crisis in global education

Millions of young students in low and middle-income countries face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later life because their primary and secondary schools are failing to educate them to succeed in life. Warning of ‘a learning crisis’ in global education, a new Bank report said schooling without learning was not just […]

NEPAD initiative to finance infrastructure development

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD)- African Union’s economic development programme gathered international investors and CEO-level business leaders at the NASDAQ Stock Market today, September 18, for the launch of its 5% Agenda campaign. The launch took place five years after a January 2012 African Union Summit adopted the Programme for Infrastructure Development in […]

ECOWAS ambassadors at UNESCO has new head

Liberia’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO Ambassador C. William Allen has turned over the chairmanship of the ECOWAS Group of Ambassadors at UNESCO to his Togolese counterpart Ambassador Sankardja Lare-Sambiani. In his turn-over remarks Ambassadors Allen thanked his colleagues for the level of support they accorded him and the […]

Sweden’s foreign minister speaks about extremism

Let me first extend a warm welcome to the launch of the UNDP study “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment”. It is a great privilege and honour to host the launch of such an important and timely report here in Stockholm. I would especially like to thank Fotografiska […]

Peacekeeping crucial for African stability

Despite their shortcomings, African peace operations have saved lives, built security sector capacity, and helped mitigate conflict—reducing pressure on international actors to become directly involved. Armed conflicts in Africa have substantially declined from their peak in the early 1990s. The 12 ongoing conflicts represent a 35 percent drop from two decades ago. This downward trend […]

NABA’s breakfast meeting with Ghanaian minister

A breakfast meeting on investment opportunities in Ghana with the country’s Trade and Industry Minster Alan Kyerematen will be held this Thursday in Oslo, Norway’s capital. The event, is organized by the Norwegian African Business Association (NABA) and KPMG, a global network of professional firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. And will be held […]

Hate speech stirs trouble in Burundi

Next month, the Commission of Enquiry on Burundi, established by the UN Human Rights Council, is due to deliver its final report on abuses in the central African state and to make a judgement as to whether these abuses, including killings, torture, and abduction, amount to international crimes. The commission has highlighted the prevalence of hate speech in […]

Sweden’s prime minister speaks on the future of work

  Ms President, Director-General, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to this important event. It is a great honour to serve as co-chair of this Global Commission on the Future of Work. Access to decent work is fundamental for all women and men. I got my first job in the early […]

Neighbors carry burden of South Sudan’s refugees

More than a million South Sudanese refugees have now crossed the border into Uganda in what is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. Analysts say the chances of forging peace are becoming slimmer and so the war and the flow of desperate people is set to continue, further straining an already struggling aid operation. An average […]