The Myanmar Digital Rights Forum took place in Yangon on 14-15 December. The event was the first of its kind in a country that until recently for decades was more or less closed off from the rest of the world.

Given the profound impact of climate change, it is increasingly being viewed as a source of security risks. What are these exactly and what instruments are there for policy to address those risks?

After decades of civil war, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was established in 2013. Among its mandated functions is to support the Federal Government of Somalia in the areas of peace- and state-building.

The statue of Swedish newspaper publisher Lars Johan Hierta watches over Riddarhustorget in Stockholm’s Old Town. And what a proud inscription: “Lars Johan Hierta, pioneer of a free press and popular government.”

When Alva Myrdal was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982, she had been fighting a tough battle for decades as one of the strongest advocates of disarmament. For many years, she led the Swedish delegation in the disarmament negotiations in Geneva and was the first woman to reach leading positions in the United Nations.

So Alva Myrdal could well be seen as an early incarnation of the feminist foreign policy that Sweden pursues today.

The United Nations, headed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has chosen Crown Princess Victoria to be one of sixteen Advocates to promote the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals. The role the Crown Princess and the other Advocates will play will be to “leverage their unique standing and leadership” to promote the messages and encourage partnerships with governments, the private sector and civil society.

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.

Bombs and rockets stopped falling over Gaza and Israel four months ago and most international news outlets left soon after. But for the Gazans, the war is ever present: the loss of family, friends and colleagues, homes and schools destroyed and damaged, the trauma and tragedy.