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The New Members of UN Security Council

United Nations – Bolivia, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan and Sweden were elected on Tuesday to serve on the UN Security Council (UNSC) as non-permanent members, while Italy and Netherlands have split the remaining contested seat. The UN General Assembly (UNGA) met to choose five new non-permanent members who will serve a two-year term starting January 2017 alongside the 15-member council.

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What Brexit means for Africa

23 June saw the UK vote for Brexit. A populist rebellion was provoked by an internal dispute in the ruling Conservative party, and chaos has been unleashed. We don’t know the full consequences of the UK withdrawing from the European Union (EU), but it’s not going to be good.

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Migration. Mario Giro: “The EU must take Africa seriously”

Brussels – Usually calm and collected, the Italian Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs with responsibility for international cooperation, Mario Giro, is not in a good mood. The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union is obviously extremely worrying, but there is also another issue which risks creating further disagreement within the EU – the New Migration Partnership Framework or “Migration Compact”, submitted by the European Commission on 7 June, which puts the management of migration at the heart of European foreign policy.

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Making Sustainability Part of the Corporate DNA

United Nations – Companies, governments and non-profit actors agree that economic growth and sustainable development have to go hand in hand to shape our increasingly globalised world in a fair way. Yet a meeting of leaders from the business, government and non-profit sectors at the UN this week showed that there is still a long way to go in order to make investors and CEOs true partners in sustainability.

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Brexit: Shock, confusion hit East Africa too

East African economies are bracing themselves for the consequences of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Central banks said they needed to monitor the immediate impact of the vote on money markets, before they could begin to consider interventions to tame volatility.

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Towards 2030: Financing development in Africa

This special issue of Pambazuka News brings you analysis and commentary by experts, most based on the continent, outlining what it will take for Africa to achieve its much sought after transformation in the post-MDGs era. The year 2015 saw three international summits, from which emerged an overarching framework for ensuring global sustainable development in the post-MDGs era, and agreement on mechanisms for financing the efforts towards attainment of the goals and targets therein.

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