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The New Members of UN Security Council

United Nations – Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden were elected on Tuesday to serve on the UN Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent members, while Italy and Netherlands have split the remaining contested seat. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) met to choose five new non-permanent members who will serve a two-year term starting January 2017 alongside the 15-member council.

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“Somalis on Ice”

Goodbye Eric The Eel! Shuffle over, Jamaican bobsleigh team of 1988! There’s a new team in town:The Somalia national bandy team. And of course, the media is all over it.

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Network for African agriculture professionals in Europe set to launch

A unique network to harness the expertise of African agricultural professionals living in Europe is one step closer to launching after a meeting last week (28 September). Organised by the Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science (SLU), the working group met at SLU in to consolidate plans for a European arm of the successful Association of African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora (AAAPD).

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GRAIN calls for end to land grabbing at Swedish Parliament

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On 5 December 2011, GRAIN received the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm. GRAIN was awarded “for its worldwide work to protect the livelihoods and rights of farming communities and to expose the massive purchases of farmland in developing countries by foreign financial interests”. GRAIN seized on the opportunity to demand an immediate end to land grabbing and a restitution of lands to local communities.

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And the World’s children’s prize goes to…

MILAN (Italy) – It’s not Nobel Prize season but yesterday Sweden hosted another important awarding ceremony: the World’s Children’s Prize, to celebrate the work of children’s rights advocates. The adult chosen to become the 2011 children’s rights hero is Murhabazi Namegabe, from the Democratic Republic of Congo. continue reading »

Sudan: oil consortium behind war crimes

UTRECHT– The entry of a Swedish-led oil consortium into southern Sudan in 1997 triggered civil war and crimes against humanity, claims a European coalition of aid agencies.

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