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Common Security – the way forward when our world order is failing

The world stands at a crossroads. The choice is between an existence based on confrontation, aggression and ecological disaster or one rooted in peace, sustainability and common security. Humanity faces the existential threats of nuclear war, climate collapse and pandemics.  

Our world order is up against severe challenges. The common systems and structures – needed to provide security, combat poverty and inequality and prevent human suffering – are inadequate, and frequently violated. The future of humanity depends on us fixing our struggling global order. 

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Olof Palme’s Independent Commission on Disarmament and Security Issues. Now Russian aggression against Ukraine is a reminder of what can happen when the world order fails. It is time to consider whether Palme’s concept of Common Security can help bring us back from the brink. 

The recently launched report, Common Security 2022, shows the way forward. A High-Level Advisory Commission, a diverse group of prominent people from every continent, has contributed its knowledge and broad experience and created a document that gives us a glimpse of a better world. 

The upcoming environmental conference Stockholm+50 is all about combining environmental action with the social goals of Agenda 2030. Focusing on the concept of common security can help the conference join the dots between the work for a peaceful world and the protection of our living environment. 

The webinar will be in English.


Margot Wallström, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden 

Cedric de Coning, Research Professor, NUPI, South Africa 

Anna Sundström, General Secretary, Olof Palme International Center, Sweden 


Jytte Guteland, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

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Read the Common Security report!

The webinar is co-hosted by Olof Palme International Center, Solidar, End Ecocide Sweden, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, IPB and ITUC. 

End ecocide to speed up the green transition

We are in the middle of a global ecological crisis, where human actors are systematically destroying nature. This is completely legal today. How would an international law against severe damage of ecosystems – ecocide – transform the global economy and help bring about the green and just transition we so desperately need?  

Exactly 50 years ago, the Social Democratic leader Olof Palme stood at the original Stockholm conference and argued for an international law against ecocide to end impunity for mass environmental destruction.  

Since then, the destruction of our nature and climate for profit has intensified and is now a major threat against humanity. Besides fueling the climate and ecological crisis, neoliberal capitalism has also produced staggering inequality, and placed workers’ rights under attack. It is clear that the global economy must undergo fundamental and rapid changes if we are to protect both workers and our living planet.  

That is why trade unions all over the world are demanding a Just Transition. All jobs must become green and decent, and workers and communities must have a say in how these changes are made. 

But in order to achieve a global Just Transition, we need new rules in the world economy. A binding legal framework is necessary to end old, colonial and destructive practices, and to ensure that all industries assume responsibility for their impact on both workers, communities and ecosystems. An ecocide law could provide this guardrail.  

Join this webinar to find out how legal support for a Just Transition has the power to make the Decade of Action truly live up to its name.  

The webinar will be in English.

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Our participation in Stockholm+50



Jojo Mehta, Executive Director Stop Ecocide International

Anabela Lemos, from Mozambique, climate activist and leader of the organization Justiça Ambiental

Dalia Marquez, from Venezuela, part of Youth Environment Assembly at UNEA in Nairobi


Jytte Guteland, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament

The webinar is co-hosted by Olof Palme International Center, SOLIDAR, End Ecocide Sweden, Stop Ecocide International, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Foundation for European Progressive Studies.

Not just transition – but a Just Transition

A radical climate transition is necessary – but how can we make sure that the rights of workers and communities around the world are protected during this great shift? How do we seize this opportunity to improve women’s working conditions, as our economies are fundamentally redesigned? And what actions are needed from the Global North to achieve a Just Transition for the Global South? 

Our climate and the natural world are on the brink of collapse. At the same time, global inequality is soaring and the fight for decent working conditions and workers’ right to organise is still ongoing. These two crises; the planetary crisis and the inequality crisis, are closely linked. 

That is why trade unions all over the world are calling for a Just Transition. All jobs need to become green and decent. Workers and communities must have safety and opportunity in this great shift. They must also have a voice in how it is done. Social dialogue is an essential part of a Just Transition. 

Join us at this webinar to discuss what steps should be taken during the upcoming Stockholm+50 environmental conference to speed up action for a Just Transition globally.  

The event will be in English.

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Our participation in Stockholm+50


Rhoda Boateng, ITUC Africa

Trusha Reddy, WoMin, Southern African NGO who has developed principles for a feminist Just Transition. 

Myrtle Witbooi, president of International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) and recipient of the Silver Rose award.

Linda Palmetzhofer, union president, Union of Commercial employees, Sweden (Handelsanställdas förbund)


Jytte Guteland, Swedish social democratic politician and member of the European Parliament where she leads the committee working on the environment.

The webinar is co-hosted by Olof Palme International Center, ITUC (and ITUC Just Transition Centre), The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO), SOLIDAR, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Foundation for European Progressive Studies, End Ecocide Sweden, and Union of Commercial employees Sweden (Handelsanställdas förbund).