Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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From a lonely Swedish peacekeeper to a Finn in a war zone

A sentry of the Swedish contingent of UNEF looking out towards Israel across the Armistice Demarcation Line (marked by the posts and an oil drum) from the observation post at Camp Cesar.  01 April 1959 . Photo / UN Photo /JG

Happy new year! In our newsletter, Swedish participation in UN Peacekeeping is in focus after it was revealed that, at one point last year,  only one Swedish soldier was serving for the UN. We have talked to Hans Corell, former UN legal chief who was elected UN friend of the year 2013 in Sweden. We take a look at the Icelandic Parliament which has cut development aid considerably, 10 months after voting on an increase - as well as the Nordic "Red buttons“ established to denounce corruption in development aid. And last, but not least, we have interviewed Deputy Special Representative Kaarina Immonen, who serves the UN in difficult conditions in the Central African Republic.

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