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Archive June 2016

Who Will Replace Dlamini-Zuma At the African Union?

As the African Union gathers for its 27th summit in Kigali in July, the agenda is likely to be dominated by the race to elect a new chair of the African Union Commission. Yet much of the anticipation is around whether the election will be held and any of the candidates will receive the required vote to win.

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Africa In The New Century

Writing about Africa in 1830-1831, this is what Georg Hegel, the great German philosopher, had to say: “The peculiarly African character is difficult to comprehend, for the very reason that in reference to it, we must quite give up the principle which naturally accompanies all our ideas—the category of Universality. In Negro life, the characteristic point is the fact that consciousness has not yet attained to the realization of any substantial objective existence—as for example, God, or Law—in which the interest of man’s volition is involved and in which he realizes his own being.”

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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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