Almedalsveckan 2015, here we come!

Join SAFA Södertörn and all our sister organizations, along with politicians and other key players within the field of foreign affairs, during the prominent “Almedalsveckan”: Week of Almedalen.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event: Almedalsveckan is a yearly event where politicians along with associations as well as citizens gather to discuss politics and social issues. The week includes a lot of fun activities such as lectures and seminars, and mingle and nightlife events.

Almedalsveckan takes place in Visby, Gotland and the dates set for this year is 28th of June – 6th of July.

As a member of any Swedish association of foreign affairs you can attend the event (which is free) plus have accommodation during the first five days (Monday-Friday) for 600 SEK.

For more information about the event or to attend it, please click here.

Seminar: EU-Africa trade relations

Partnership or hardship?
EU-Africa trade relations
International trade is of great economic importance to low-income countries. The value of exports from Sub-Saharan Africa is many times larger than the aid they receive. EU’s trade policy affects low-income countries in many ways, and the Union has the power to improve the situation of millions of people living in poverty by making sure that its trade policies promote development. New free trade agreements, the so-called EPAs, are currently being negotiated between the EU and countries in Africa. They are aimed at integrating African countries into the world market, something that should lead to economic growth. The EU has, however, been highly criticized by African politicians and civil society representatives who fear that the agreements might have the opposite effect.

How will EU’s and Africa’s roles in the global trade pattern change in the future? Have the EPA-negotiations harmed the relations between the EU and Africa? How does Sweden ensure that the EPAs are living up to the goal of promoting economic development in low-income countries?

Participants:

Iina Soiri, Director, The Nordic Africa Institute (moderator)
Arne Bigsten, Professor Development Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg
Lennart Wohlgemuth, Guest Professor African Studier, School of Global Studies, Gothenburg
Sven Östberg, Head of Section for Sustainable Development, International Trade Policy Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs
Marja Wolpher, Theme Officer, Afrikagrupperna

When? Monday, November 24, 11.30-13.00
Where? Hörsalen, Medelshavsmuséet, Fredsgatan 2, Stockholm
Registration? Email: ordforande@ufsodertorn.org

Lunch sandwiches will be served 11.00-11.30 in ”Salongen”! (Please note that eating in ”Hörsalen” is not allowed).

The seminar will be live-streamed on bistandsdebatten.se/euivarlden where you also find debate articles relating to the seminar. Tweet your questions and comments to the panel #euivarlden


Workshop @ RFSU

Välkomna till en workshop om temat universalism vs kulturrelativism!

Den 17 november kl 18 kommer vi att diskutera den inneboende konflikten mellan synen på rättigheter som globala och människors rätt att uttrycka sin kultur. Fokus kommer att vara hur detta tar sig uttryck i SRHR-frågor på en internationell nivå. Under kvällen kommer vi även att planera inför vår aktion som vi gör tillsammans med Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Södertörn på International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women den 25:e november.

Hoppas så många som möjligt kan komma!

OSA till ordforande@ufsodertorn.org SENAST 16 November

Styrelse verksamhetsår 2015/2016

Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Södertörn är glada att kunna presentera vår preliminära styrelse för kommande läsår:

Ordförande: Linnea Ehlin
Vice ordförande: Iman Djelloul
Kassör: Axel Bergman
UFS-representant: Therese Jensen
Programansvarig: Victor Holmquist
Informationsansvarig: Saga Palmér

Även vår medlemstidning Söderut får ny ledning med start i höst:

Chefredaktör: Moa Ferm
Redaktör: Saga Palmér

Vi i styrelsen vill tacka för oss och för ett grymt läsår. Vi önskar våra kollegor som ger sig av för nya projekt ett stort lycka till, och de som sitter kvar en trevlig semester tills vi sadlar om i höst.