Human Rights

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Zennström Philanthropies human rights work focuses on Europe and Central Asia. Europe has one of the world’s strongest systems of laws to protect human rights and yet some groups are still denied their basic rights. By building partnerships with civil society, human rights defenders and NGOs, we can work together to change policy, empower vulnerable groups, and play a role in holding European Institutions and governments to account. This will ensure that everyone in Europe can live with dignity.

Our scope of work also includes Central Asia, unlike Europe there are very little human rights mechanisms in Central Asia. It is a focus to raise awareness about human rights and support the work in this region, including working towards a long term sustainability of the local human rights communities.

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Environment

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The environment programme focuses on addressing today’s most pressing environmental issues through a combination of engaged grant making and foundation-led initiatives.

Through a collaborative approach with our grantees and key stakeholders, we work to influence decision makers, change markets and encourage the diffusion of clean technologies in order to restore our natural environment. The Environment programme has three portfolios, Climate Change, Baltic Sea and Green Entrepreneurship.

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Environment Initiatives

The Baltic Sea is one of the most threatened major bodies of water in the world. The Baltic Sea is under threat, with dead zones covering one sixth of the sea bottom as a consequence of eutrophication.

We have initiated Race for the Baltic, a leadership coalition for a well-managed and sustainable Baltic Sea to find new solutions that tackle these problems.

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The Zennström Green Mentorship Award supports individual Swedish clean tech startups with mentorship as well shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs in Sweden working to tackle climate change and create a low carbon future.

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