Never have our oceans been as stressed as they are today. And yet, the world has long chosen not to recognise or acknowledge the seriousness of the situation, or perhaps it has seen the problems as isolated issues. This is why the UN Ocean Conference in June is so important.

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 problem is that there are actually not that many fish left in the sea. Now I’m talking about real fish, not partners. Since 1970 we have experienced a decline in marine species populations by 49%. 29% of all fish stocks are overfished and 61% are fully fished. Some estimates show that in 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our seas.

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.

The Al-Moumin Award, which recognises leading thinkers who have contributed to the field of environmental peacebuilding, was presented in Washington DC on Thursday 3 November. This year’s winner was Marie Jacobsson of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador for international law issues for her work as UN Special Rapporteur for the UN International Law Commission.

Sweden, Fiji and small island developing states to make sure Sustainable Development Goal 14 gets off to a flying start

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.

How can we make sure that the Post-2015 framework will deliver on its ambition; people and planet centered sustainable development in all countries, leaving no one behind? Monica Lorensson from the CSO Plan International writes about the new SDGs after last week’s intergovernmental negotiations .

The Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is less than two months away, and we are in the midst of an intensive negotiation phase. The next drafting session will take place last week of May and first week of June. Expectations are high, and pressure is increasing.

The Government intends to keep a broad and open dialogue with the Swedish public on the post 2015 development agenda. The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs carried out fourteen consultations in February and March with Swedish civil society on the SDGs.

Micah Grzywnowicz, International Advocacy Advisor at RFSL, the Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights, participated at two of the consultations and shares hir thoughts on the consultations.