Trade is a core ingredient of growth and jobs, and falling oil prices mean oil-rich countries such as Angola need support to diversify away from oil,”  says Joakim Reiter, Deputy Secretary-General,UNCTAD. 

UNCTAD and EU are discussing a wide-reaching technical assistance and training programme for national experts in Angola’s Ministry of Trade, worth €5.5 million ($6.1 million).

As part of its strategy of cooperation with Angola, the EU provides support to enhance the Angolan trade capacity through measures such as technical assistance to the ministry of trade, national experts, trade finance and logistics, small business development, and trade facilitation.

One component of this EU support covers “Train for Trade”, for which a larger programme with UNCTAD was signed already two years ago.

In this context, UNCTAD is preparing an implementing project. The overall goal of the four-year programme is to boost Angola’s capacity to design and implement national policies on trade, investment, and services in order that the country of 22 million people can unlock new trade opportunities outside its dominant oil sector.

Have you ever visited Stockholm? If you haven’t – you should. If do, don’t miss to take the Metro. 

The Stockholm underground system has been described as ‘a 115 kilometer long art exhibition’ with more than 90 of the network’s 100 stations decorated with sculptures, rock formations, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 different artists.

It is certainly a beautiful place. There are some Stockholm Metro Stations that are wonderful installations of art and architecture. 

A former Swedish Prime Minister admitted after leaving his post that he sometimes secretly escaped his body guards just to be able to take the Metro and enjoy the art of the public transportstion and communication system.

I always take the Metro when I visit Stockholm. It is fast, practical, safe and beautiful public transport alternative.

The first line of the Stockholm Metro opened in 1950, and today the system has 100 stations in use.

Since the mid-1980s, the Stockholm metro has also been seriously affected by non authorized graffity. 

The Kungsträdgården subway station looks like an archaeological excavation, with the remains of the old Stockholm Makalös palace. At Östermalmstorg the artist Siri Derkert highlights women’s rights and peace and environmental issues.

The stations below are definately worth an extra trip:

Blue line: Kungsträdgården, T-centralen, Rådhuset, Solna Centrum & Tensta

Green line: Hötorget, Thorildsplan & Bagarmossen

Red line: Tekniska Högskolan & Stadion

There are three colored main lines that form seven actual routes. 

So – buy a ticket and go!

Snow. It is that time of the year. In Sweden, my country. Also on the South where I live. 

Winter is of cause natural to us. We are used to cold weather, snow and ice. 

However, every year when the first snow arrives there are always traffic jams and delays in public transportation. 

Are people freezing? Not really. We can get temperatures down to 40-45 degrees celsius below zero, but we are also used to dress the right way. We dress in layers and use real outerwear. We know how to it. And why not take a swim ? If you can open up the ice….

And as they say, winter is coming. 

Today I have been in our office in Antwerp for various meetings.

It is always a pleasure to visit my very competent colleagues all around the world. 

We have a great office here on Belgium. 

Happiness may be one of the world’s least controversial things. Who among us doesn’t want to be happy? As Aristotle put it: “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

When it comes to measuring happiness, though, things get a little stickier and consensus becomes rather harder to maintain. So just how do we go about it and why do we need to?The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, noted in 2012 that for too long the world had used Gross National Product (GNP) to measure well-being.
Created in 1937 as a reaction to the great depression, GNP is useful for some things – but, Ban said, hopelessly limited. It does not consider any sense of well-being or contentment within a society. And so each year, starting in 2012, 20 March has been designated International Happiness Day to recognize the importance of making happiness a goal of public policy. So how do you measure a feeling?

With so much inequality in the world, how can we possibly compare the happiness of the world’s richest and poorest people in a meaningful way? Happiness comes in many different forms and for different reasons. At the same time, many things make people unhappy regardless of where they live: losing a home or a loved one, or going without basic necessities.
Happiness is an aspiration of every human being, and can be a measure of social progress, according to the authors of the 2013 World Happiness Report, one of the first of its kind. They noted that the key to measuring happiness is differentiating between happiness as emotion (“I feel happy”) and as an evaluation of human well-being (“I am happy with my life”).

Their research sought to focus on the latter. Factors such as per capita gross domestic product, healthy years of life expectancy, trust and perceived freedom to make life choices were all considered.

Some outcomes were unsurprising: Denmark led and other Scandinavian countries were among the happiest places on earth.

But other results didn’t follow obvious economic lines. Costa Rica was the 14th happiest country, only one place behind the United States and way ahead of the United Kingdom, which was 23rd.
Source: WEF

Lennart Johansson, born 5 November 1929, was the fifth and, to date, the longest serving president of UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, from his election at UEFA’s Malta Congress in 1990 until 2007.

Mr. Johansson, a legend in Swedish soccer, has also named the trophy for the Swedish Championship in football/soccer. A great leader.

Everybody wants it, but only one can have it. This season the trophy will be handed over to my club Malmö FF at a ceremony after the last game of the season this afternoon on Malmö. It is third time in four years we win the Swedosh Championship and Lennart Johanssons trophy. It is the 19th time in total we win, more than anybody else. Lastbuear we missed the title, but now it is returned to where it belongs.

It is a great day for my Club, for all fans and for me. Lennart is coming home.