One year after the historic climate agreement at COP21 in Paris, it’s time again. On this occasion, the countries of the world are meeting in Marrakech for the major climate change conference COP22. The main objective is to establish a regulatory framework to enable countries to reach the goals agreed in Paris.

När regeringen idag välkomnar FN:s generalsekreterare Ban Ki-moon till Stockholm så gör vi det med ett FN-engagemang som är brett förankrat i det svenska samhället, en klar bild av organisationens styrkor och svagheter, och en tydlig syn på vad vi vill åstadkomma.

In my previous entry I discussed the importance of trade-related assistance. This text is a logical follow-up, as on 19 February I had the opportunity to witness this in practice when I visited the Trade Policy Training Centre, trapca, in Arusha, Tanzania. I was met with enthusiasm, competence and a genuine belief that trade should play an important role for development in Africa.

Trade policy has an immense potential to contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. But it is important to remember that trade policy in itself does not create development. It has to be complemented by the right policies and conditions on a national level. For many countries, especially the poorest in the world, this can be a big challenge.

Stockholm is home to the EU’s agency focused on fighting Ebola, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).
In an interview with The Local, the director, Dr Marc Sprenger, talks Ebola and how to fight the crisis.