Revisiting youth peacemakers in South Sudan

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I recently visited our Youth Peacemaker Network (YPN) project in Torit, South Sudan. This is a project run by the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), which aims to bring together youth from different communities and tribes to be pioneers in peace-building and agents of positive change. Ericsson and Zain provide the ICT tools, training and connectivity. Continue reading

Bill and Melinda Gates’ big bets depend on mobile

Credit: World Economic Forum

Credit: World Economic Forum

It’s becoming ever more clear how central mobile broadband is helping to address many of the world’s challenges, from banking to education to agriculture. By now many will have heard about or maybe even read Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter. They outlined their “big bets” for 2015, and where they think great progress can be made on tackling some of the world’s challenges over the next 15 years. Continue reading

Finding clarity on privacy and surveillance in a connected world

In addition to its countless benefits, the Networked Society brings new ethical challenges, which could lead to technology being misused. Continue reading

Look to the coalition of the willing on climate change

2015 is an important year for global sustainability. As the Millennium Development Goals conclude, the Post 2015 Development Agenda will include ambitious global Sustainable Development Goals, and negotiations on a new international climate agreement will hopefully make serious progress in Paris.

Over the years I have attended, and continue to participate in, a number of UN and other fora, providing industry input to these processes and global goals. Recently at the World Economic Forum, I joined an interesting discussion hosted by the B Team, a global nonprofit co-founded by Sir Richard Branson. One of the messages I heard there, and frequently hear from UN heads and people at NGOs, is the need to “get business to the table” and the need for business voices and leadership. Continue reading

An Ericsson Response volunteer on helping in the fight against Ebola

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Today we are happy to feature a guest post from Lars Peder Svensson, a Technical Solutions Expert who was deployed through our Ericsson Response program to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola. After several months, he returned to Sweden just last week:

Every volunteer who has ever been part of deploying WIDER (Wireless LAN in Disaster and Emergency Response) knows how satisfying it is to see the lights from the Access Points beam their discreet and unmistakable blue light in the night… Continue reading

How can we be change-makers for peace in the Networked Society?

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said: “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

I was recently invited to participate in the Stockholm Peace Talks, hosted by Interpeace and held at the Swedish Parliament building, and opened by Urban Ahlin, speaker of the Swedish Parliament. Continue reading

2014 end of year review blog

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Key sustainability developments around the world, including a number of notable accomplishments by Ericsson, were among the highlights of 2014. Continue reading

Education – a few takeaways from India

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According to Samhita, it is only 4% of students in India that don’t enroll in school, a rather low figure. Yet some 58% don’t complete primary school.The figures get worse for secondary school,and worse still for girls. Continue reading

How ICT can help on climate change

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Climate change is a complex problem that has consequences for all spheres of existence on our planet. It either impacts on– or is impacted by– global issues, including poverty, economic development, population growth, sustainable development and resource management. At the very heart of the response to climate change, however, lies the need to reduce emissions. In 2010, governments agreed that emissions needed to be reduced so that global temperature increases are limited to below 2 degrees Celsius. This past weekend (Dec 14th), the UNFCCC held its yearly climate change meeting, COP20/COP10 hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru. At this meeting the parties agreed on negotiation processes and texts that will be the foundation for the new COP21in Paris in 2015. The purpose of the meeting was to establish a new legally binding treaty to be implemented following the expiration of the Kyoto Protocol in 2020. Continue reading

Telco sector leads the way in energy efficiency

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Telecom operators are usually ranked highest when it comes to expensive energy bills. According to the GSM Association (GSMA), mobile operators spend about USD 15 billion globally on their annual energy use. This expense is particularly noticeable in Europe, where energy prices are high and opex pressure on operators is soaring, which is why operators are looking for ways to increase their energy efficiency. Last month, we took part in a seminar dedicated to telco energy efficiency to exchange views on the latest developments. Continue reading