After two weeks of talks and intensive negotiations, the Commission on the Status of Women was concluded on 23 March and the agreed conclusions adopted. On the agenda were women’s and girls’ rights, with a focus on women in rural areas, which was the theme of this year’s meeting. Despite a tougher world climate, progress has been made. The final document now contains important formulations on the fight against violence and sexual harassment, protection of women human rights defenders, and sexuality education in schools, as well as the right of women to own land.

Here, Björn Andersson describes his many years of working for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender equality and women’s rights. He is head of the UNFPA’s operations in Asia and the Pacific.

The best gift we can give each other is to make the world a better place. Our Global Goals Calendar has featured some examples of what Sweden is doing to help achieve the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and live up to the 2030 Agenda – both at home and abroad.

Earlier this year, Somalia was facing the sort of serious famine it experienced in 2011. The situation is still difficult, but thanks to rapid action from the international community, a major disaster has been averted.

For more than 20 years, children and university students in Malmö have connected with each other through the Nightingale mentoring programme. It is about making higher education a realistic ambition for children who may not receive such encouragement at home, increasing integration and building bridges between different worlds.

Last year the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow, together with Swedish companies operating in Russia, initiated a sustainability network to raise the profile of sustainability and environmental issues in the business sector. The network meets regularly and engages both Swedish and Russian companies.

renewable electricity.
Expanding the national electricity grid is requires major investment. So, to offset the shortage in rural areas, electricity is mainly generated locally. But the methods used to produce it are not only expensive, they are also harmful to the environment and climate.

ReTuna Återbruksgalleria in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna is changing the way we shop – and consume – for the better. Here at the world’s first recycling shopping mall, discarded items are given a new lease of life, becoming part of the circular economy.

More than 65 million people have been forcibly displaced worldwide. Many have lost contact with their families and friends, and face huge difficulties finding each other. This led two technology companies to come together and build a mobile search app to help separated people find each other.

In Lima, as in many cities around the world, public transport is often neither environmentally friendly nor practical. Car use is increasing and air quality worsening. But one progressive district in the Peruvian capital is making vigorous efforts to make its streets climate-smart.