Climate change is a hot topic. In the aftermath of the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cities and states have vowed to step up.  It is also time for other nations to step up on climate commitments. Earth’s average temperature has risen by 1 °C since 1850 as a result of increased greenhouse gas emissions into…

Over the past two weeks, the international policy, scientific and NGO community came together at the World Conference Center in Bonn, Germany, and participated in the SB46 (Subsidiary Body 46) of the UNFCCC. A delegation of IFLRY had the privilege of observing these pre-negotiation meetings, which seek to serve as the foundation for the Conference…

Cyprus has been home to many different civilizations, ruled by many kingdoms and colonized by several countries. The last country to colonize all of Cyprus was the United Kingdom. In 1960 the country of Cyprus declared its independence and, though ethnical differences between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were a serious issue, there was no…

Everything follows from the Finnish–Russian relationship, which is twofold. The story begins with the role of Russia in Finnish history. Although there have been some conflicts between the two peoples, many Finns have a lot of positive things to say about our neighbour. Finland was a part of Russia from 1809 to 1917. This era…

This article is written as a diary piece, giving a personal view on the busy schedule of an IFLRY President. This article follows IFLRY President Christian Scharling on his trip to New York for the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum.  Part one of this series, in which Christian travels to Strasbourg for the induction course…

In her introductory speech for the Women’s Rights Award 2016, Anne Brasseur, the president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, underlined how important fighting for Human Rights is. “Betraying and losing our values is betraying and losing ourselves”, she said during her speech. As Human Rights know no borders and no gender,…

I’ll never forget my reaction the first time I visited a refugee camp; Zaatari, nearby the city of Al-Mafraq in Jordan. The feelings of profound shock at witnessing the endless line of people desperately walking towards the camp, seeking refuge, bearing whatever belongings they could carry. The dismay in seeing groups of children playing in…