The amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans is increasing exponentially. Adventurer and diver Oskar Kihlborg is one of the activists trying to help reverse the trend.

At midnight last Sunday, Ukrainian citizens could for the first time ever travel to the 30 countries of the Schengen Zone without a visa. This is a forceful reminder of one of the most poignant slogans of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, namely that “Ukraine is Europe”.

The new wastewater treatment plant in Kaliningrad, which was co-financed by Sweden, represents an important step towards improving water quality in the Baltic Sea. This is because the wastewater from Kaliningrad’s close to half a million inhabitants has for many years run straight out into the Baltic Sea untreated.

The ocean is in a critical condition. Overfishing, litter and acidification threaten both the ocean and human life. Human activity is responsible for this state of affairs; it must also be human activity that turns this around.

In March and April, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Palestine and Bangladesh will publish current gender statistics. This is the result of a Swedish development aid venture, in which Statistics Sweden has trained and provided support to statisticians and users of statistics during one year.

The film #FreeTheSpeech is an integral part of the campaign ‘#FreeSpeechGreaterIdeas #DefendingFreeSpeech’ being run by the Ministry together with Swedish embassies. Throughout the year, events have been hosted by embassies in collaboration with different organisations to increase awareness about the benefits of freedom of expression and transparency.

The Government’s new gender equality policy strategy shifts the perspective in efforts to combat men’s violence against women from the consequences of such violence to its causes.

The international campaign 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence began on 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Unfortunately, there is good reason to call attention to these days, both in Sweden and around the world.