Scandinavia and Namibia: Policies and Action

by Eric Erichsen, Danish Association for International Co-operation, Bertil Hogberg, Africa Groups of Sweden, Arne Tostensen, Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, American Committee on Africa
New York, New York, United States
November 29 - December 2, 1982
Publisher: American Committee on Africa
15 pages
Type: Conference Presentation
Coverage in Africa: Angola, Namibia, South Africa
Language: English
This paper presented at the International Seminar on The Role of Transnational Corporations in Namibia in Washington, D.C. (November 29 - December 2, 1982) discusses the position of the Scandinavian governments condemning South African's occupation of Namibia and calling for the withdrawal of all South African military forces and administrative personnel. Scandinavian governments have favored comprehensive mandatory sanctions against South Africa by resolution of the Security Council. The paper says Scandinavian governments have provided material aid directly to SWAPO and to UN agencies through which assistance reaches SWAPO and Namibians. The paper discusses Security Council resolution 435 (1978), Decree no. 1 of the UN Council for Namibia, the UN Institute for Namibia, the UN Educational and Training Programme for Southern Africa (UNETPSA), World University Service (WUS), Swedish International Development Authority (SIDA), and the International Defence and Aid Fund (IDAF). The paper says the main functions of the solidarity movement are to inform the public about the liberation struggle in Namibia and South Africa and to mobilize support for SWAPO and ANC. It discusses the Africa Groups of Sweden (AGIS), Bread and Fishes, Labour Movement Solidarity Fund, the Danish Association for International Cooperation, Development Aid from People to People (DAPP), Norwegian Council for Southern Africa, Namibian Association, International Solidarity Committee of the Norwegian Labor Movement, and the Norwegian People's Relief Association. The paper says the Isolate South Africa Committee (ISAK), formed in 1979, now comprises 35 nationwide organizations including political, youth and women's movements as well as Christian, peace and student organizations. The paper says the National Committee for South Africa Action works to support the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUMW). • General Government Policies • The Scandinavian-Namibia Connection • Table 1: Sweden's Merchandise Trade with Namibia 1974-81 • Table 2: Norway's Merchandise Trade with Namibia 1970-81 • Table 3: Denmark's Merchandise Trade with Namibia 1970-81 • The Swedish Ban on Investments in South Africa and Namibia • Government Assistance • Solidarity Work and Humanitarian Assistance • Appendix MESSAGE BY THE NORDIC COUNTRIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS ON NAMIBIA DAY 1982
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