Olof Palme International Center

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Olof Palme International Center
Founded 1992
Focus Internationalism, Labor rights, Human rights
Area served
Method Media attention, direct-appeal campaigns, research, lobbying
Key people
Secretary-General Jens Orback
Chairperson of the Board Lena Hjelm-Wallén
Website www.palmecenter.se

The Olof Palme International Center is a Swedish non-governmental organization with ties to the national labor movement, working with international development, co-operation and the forming of public opinion surrounding international political and security issues. The center's areas of interest include democracy, human rights and peace resolution.

The center is named after the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme. It was established in 1992 by the Swedish Social Democratic Party, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation and the Swedish Cooperative Union. As of 2009, the Palme Center has 26 member organizations within the Swedish labor movement.

The centre works with international development co-operation in the Balkans, the Baltic states and Russia, Central America, the Middle East, Maghreb, Southeast Asia and southern Africa. Most projects are carried out directly by the member organisations, and are financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through a framework agreement. The Palme Center also provides information and organize campaigns concerning international development and international relations.

The board of the Palme Center is chaired by former Minister for Foreign Affairs Lena Hjelm-Wallén. The Secretary General is Jens Orback.

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