Read, among other things, about how feminist Sweden’s foreign policy is, how well different policy areas within Sweden and the EU strive for sustainable development and what Sweden can do to counteract the shrinking democracy in the world.
CONCORD’s annual AidWatch report monitors the quantity and quality of EU Official Development Assistance.
The global development landscape is in a state of flux, but the European Union and its Member States’ inaction to achieve its commitments remains constant. Since 2005, when CONCORD began its annual AidWatch report, the EU has failed to meet internationally agreed upon aid targets. AidWatch monitors the quantity and quality of EU Official Development Assistance, or ODA.
This year, CONCORD’s report shows that, with global poverty on the rise, it is more important than ever that the EU steps up its game.
Civil society spotlight report – on Sweden’s implementation of the 2030 agenda, recommendations and review of actions taken ahead of High-level Political Forum 2021
In this report, we examine Sweden’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda with a focus on how Swedish policy affects poverty reduction, human rights and sustainable development outside Sweden’s borders. It is CONCORD Sweden’s joint spotlight report to Sweden’s voluntary report on the global follow-up of the 2030 Agenda.
We have chosen to examine the government’s implementation of the 2030 Agenda based on three aspects:
1. Thematic areas where we see that the government has high ambitions to be a global actor for change.
2. Thematic conflicts of interests where Swedish policy affects human rights and poverty reduction outside Sweden’s borders.
3. Sweden’s contribution to financing the implementation of the agenda globally.
Feminist policies for climate justice
Sweden aims to be a leader both when it comes to fighting climate change and ensuring gender equality. However, these issues and perspectives are not interlinked in Swedish policies. Women, girls and marginalised groups living in poverty are the ones most affected by climate change. Policies made to tackle climate change are ineffective without feminist perspectives. What are the key links between gender and climate change that need to be understood and addressed in Swedish and international policies? Find out in this publication.
Knock-on Effects: An Urgent Call to Leave No One Behind
For the third year in a row, EU international aid is declining and is at levels well below the agreed target of 0.7% of GNI. It is particularly serious that the EU is not living up to its commitment in a situation where the corona pandemic has led to an increase in hunger and poverty.
Even before the corona pandemic, it looked bleak to reach the Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. With the pandemic, the situation is now even worse for people living in poverty and vulnerability around the world. This year, poverty in the world is growing for the first time since 1998.
The EU has continued to reiterate its commitment to provide at least 0.7 percent of GNI in international aid by 2030, but today only four member states are living up to this level. Instead, official aid is declining slightly, to 0.46 percent of EU GNI. The share that aims for results for vulnerable people in the EU’s partner countries, genuine aid, stands at 0.4 percent of the EU’s GNI.
At the current rate, the target set by EU member states for aid levels will not be reached until 2070. If that forecast holds, the target will be reached exactly 100 years after the UN agreed on a system in which high-income countries will contribute at least 0.7 percent.
Take aways – change and action to leave no one behind
During a two day session Swedish and international organizations, decision-makers and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sida sat down to discuss new ways for civil society to become better at including more people in the work of achieving the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
During the days, expert panels and seminars were mixed with testimonies from committed human rights defenders and activists from around the world. The final report calls on civil society organizations to become better at working together. How do we build a common narrative about civil society? Many of the participants did not think that civil society organizations were challenging themselves enough to really work to ensure that no one was left out. What happens if we leave our comfort zone to find new forms of partnership? Read more about this in the final report.
Also read a summary of key messages from organizations that attended the conference.
Aidwatch 2019 – Leave no one behind: Time for implementation
CONCORD Europe’s annual review of EU and Member States’ assistance, AidWatch, has failed in several respects. Aid is declining and is moving further and further away from the 0.7% of GNI target. Only four member states meet the promise level; Luxembourg, Great Britain, Denmark and Sweden.
How will you work for sustainable development – a litmus test for EU leaders
In 2019, Throughout Europe, large groups of citizens raised their voices for a sustainable European Union. Climate change and growing inequality are becoming increasingly common items on the political agenda and the EU now needs to take its leadership role.
In this report, CONCORD Europe examined five policy areas to see how well they contributed to or counteracted sustainable development. The report gives recommendations to the next EU Commission. The thematic areas covered are: trade, migration, agriculture and food.
Defending civic space and freedom of association and assembly
This is a summary of a report originally published in Swedish with the title “Tag plats! Civilsamhällets demokratiska utrymme och rätten till organisering”. It was produced in 2018 with the following members of CONCORD Sweden’s working group on civic space: Afrikagrupperna, Diakonia, ActionAid Sweden, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Sweden, the Swedish Mission Council, IM, the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, PMU, SILC, Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Church of Sweden’s International Work, WWF, Fair Action, RFSU, Union to Union, Forum Syd, Save the Children Sweden and Plan International Sweden.
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