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29 Jul 2020

Climate change is increasingly threatening state stability and human security across most developing countries. While there is no mono-causal link between climate change and conflict, the impact of environmental change and population displacement cannot be underestimated. In the global security context, climate change is better understood as a “threat multiplier” that interacts with and compounds existing risks and vulnerabilities to cause conflict.

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22 Jul 2020

In Africa, it is estimated that 565 million people still lack access to electricity. Without electricity, they lack a basic necessity for poverty alleviation and the ability to build resilience to the global health crisis. This sustainable energy guide highlights the opportunities, benefit and enablers that will help leaders guide their countries onto a more sustainable long term development trajectory.

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15 Jul 2020

Africa has extraordinary potential for economic growth and development. But its many plans and noble aims rarely translate into reality. This policy brief summarises Jakkie Cilliers’ new book Africa First! which examines the continent’s current development pathway and how it can deliver on its potential. Cilliers presents an ambitious but realistic scenario to 2040 that sees improvements in economic growth, average income and poverty reduction.

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8 Jul 2020

On 28 March 2019, the Security Council adopted resolution 2462 (2019), which consolidates the Council’s previous resolutions on the counter-financing of terrorism; underscores the central role of the United Nations, in particular the Council, in the fight against terrorism; and calls for new measures directed at preventing and suppressing terrorism financing. The adoption of the resolution reflects the Council’s continued determination to deprive terrorists of funds, other financial assets and economic resources, as well as to deny them access to the financial system and to other economic sectors that are vulnerable to terrorism financing. Based on responses from 112 Member States, the report provides an overview of measures, good practices and challenges encountered by Member States in their implementation of international counter-financing of terrorism standards.

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