Speech: Norway’s foreign minister opens NABA summit

The Nordic-African Business Association Summit has become important annual event. I would like to thank Managing Director Eivind Fjeldstad and Naba for arranging this conference for the ninth consecutive time. The Norwegian Government works systematically to ensure that our businesses have an array of good opportunities – in Norway and abroad. Much of our trade […]

Sweden observes Day of the Girl Child

Within the context of Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs is taking part in the global #GirlsTakeover campaign. Through this campaign – an initiative of Plan International – girls all over the world will step into a leadership role on 11 October in connection with International Day of the Girl Child. In […]

African-Americans make case for resettlement to Liberia

An African-American group, the New African Development Trust (NADT), is reportedly lobbying the US Congress, among other actions, for the resettlement of African-Americans, mostly prisoners, to Liberia.    Below is the group’s position statement:    Introduction House Resolution 1242 commemorates the 400th anniversary  of the arrival  of 20 African indenture servants in the United States of […]

The unrealized oil promise of DR Congo

It is no secret that the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) mining industry is of vital importance in answering the country’s and the world’s mineral needs. Today, copper, cobalt and other byproducts represent the backbone of the DRC’s economic structure at about 85% of its exports. That has been the case for many years, through […]

Norway provides more funds to support human rights

Human rights are under considerable pressure. In response to this, we are increasing our support for human rights efforts by NOK 77 million ($8.4m) in 2020,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. In 2020, the Government will give priority to promotion of women’s rights, respect for human rights defenders, freedom of expression and […]

A conference to remember Swedish slave trade

The Afro-Swedes Forum for Justice on Saturday held the first of its programs marking the 172nd anniversary of the end of Sweden’s participation in the transatlantic slave trade.    A memorial conference, held in Malmo, Sweden’s 3rd biggest city, focused on human rights.    Held under the theme, The legacy of Slave Trade – Voices of today’s […]

Commonwealth steps up battle on climate change

The Commonwealth has launched a regenerative climate change model that marries the ancient wisdom of indigenous groups with emerging innovations, technologies and scientific approaches.   Common Earth, is the program that will create a network of projects that could be replicated and adapted to any community, country or region.   Government officials, environmentalists, scientists, economists, and representatives from […]

Programs to mark end of Sweden’s role in slave trade

The Afro-Swedes’ Forum for Justice will hold a conference and a parade to mark the 172nd anniversary of the abolition of Sweden’s participation in the transatlantic slave trade.   The last slave in Swedish ownership was released on October 9, 1847 on the island of Saint Barthelemy, then a Swedish colony.    The Malmo-based organization will hold a […]

Sweden increases support to global fund to fight AIDS

The Swedish government today decided on Sweden’s contribution for the next three-year replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund). The contribution will be increased to SEK 950 million ($96m) annually, a total of SEK 2.85 billion ($288m) for the period 2020–2022. The contribution is Sweden’s second-largest in the […]

Sweden: Finance ministers meet on climate change

Representatives of finance ministries from 27 countries, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) will gather in Stockholm, Sweden on Thursday and Friday (October 3-4) to attend a conference held within the framework of the new Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action. The coalition […]