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 […]

Ivory Coast, Kenya named rising stars of global trade

Ivory Coast is the market that has most rapidly improved its trade growth potential over the past decade, according to new research from Standard Chartered. The Trade20 index, which identifies the 20 rising stars of trade, places African markets Ivory Coast in the top spot, and Kenya at number three. The Trade20 index determines each […]

War crimes court is part of healing process, says Mensah

The establishment of a war and economic crimes court in Liberia is a step in the right direction, as it is now time for those who committed atrocities and embezzlement in the country to be brought to justice, the secretary general of the European Federation of Liberian Associations (EFLA) has said. Francis Mensah told Nordic […]

Adesina: No room for coal in Africa’s energy future

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina on Tuesday unveiled ambitious plans to scrap coal power stations across the continent and switch to renewable energy at United Nations climate talks on Monday. Addressing a gathering of leaders and officials from almost 200 countries in New York, Adesina outlined efforts to shutter coal-fired power plants and build […]

Sweden provides $3.8m grant for Liberian youths

  Sweden’s ambassador to Liberia Ingrid Wetterqvist has disclosed that her country has provided US$3.8 million to the World Bank as contribution to the Government of Liberia project which benefits rural youths.   Ambassador Wetterqvist stated that the Youth Opportunity Program (YOP) aims to improve access to income generation opportunities for youths and strengthen the […]

Indigenous owners of Papua Guinea killed by Indonesia

It is a crime against humanity to play down the Western powers and co-opted Indonesian imperialism war being waged against the indigenous Black people, the true owners of Papua Guinea while misleading the world on the true narrative about the suffering of indigenous Black people, writes Nafshiyah Ndahimana. In an article published on the BBC website […]

Sweden to make it easier for foreign students to stay

The Swedish government will soon present a bill to the country’s parliament, Riksdag, containing proposals for new rules on residence permit for research and higher education studies. The proposals will implement the European Union’s ‘Students and Researchers Directive’. An important aim of the proposals is to attract more students, researchers and other highly qualified people […]

Niger President to address global conference in Greece

Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou will serve as a keynote speaker of this year’s Rhodes Forum, the flagship global affairs conference of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC). The 17th Rhodes Forum – titled “Global (dis)order: Towards dialogue-based worldviews” – takes place on 11-12 October in Rhodes, Greece. President Issoufou will share an African perspective […]