19 AUGUST 2021
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READING OF THE WEEK
Human Fraternity & Inclusive Citizenship (Interreligeous Engagement in the Mediterranean)
Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI)
Polarization and discrimination linked to religion have been increasing in many parts of the world, including on the two shores of the Mediterranean. Against this background, however, seeds of hope have emerged from a number of religious leaders who have called for a new narrative of human fraternity and inclusive citizenship.
This report analyzes the opportunities which human fraternity and inclusive citizenship offer for government-religious partnerships aimed at building more inclusive and peaceful societies across both shores of the Mediterranean and puts forward interreligious engagement as a new policy framework that recognizes and amplifies these novel dynamics.
NORTH AFRICA / SAHEL / SUB – SAHARA
Renewable Energy in the Minerals Sector: Assessing Opportunities for Africa
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
Renewable energy (RE) is becoming an increasingly visible component of the global energy supply mix. As a large consumer of power globally, the mining industry has historically relied on grid power or diesel generators for remote sites. While there is a range of RE technologies, wind power and solar power (particularly that generated by photovoltaic panels) are most prominent in current mining applications. This paper reviews 51 published examples of RE systems for mines. Nearly 86% of installed capacity is solar PV with the remainder being wind power. Most RE-powered mine sites are in Australia and Chile, but more countries are installing capacity.
A Year since the Abraham Accords: Pick up the Pace of Normalization
The institute for National Security Studies (INSS)
One year has passed since the festive announcement on the normalization of relations between Abu Dhabi and Jerusalem. Since then, however, and despite other countries joining the Abraham Accords, the full potential of these historic accords has not been realized. What can Israel do to help make the normalization even more fruitful, and use it to face regional and international changes and challenges?
Possible impacts, opportunities and challenges of new and emerging digital technologies with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights
United Nations (UN)
Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 41/11 on new and emerging digital technologies and human rights, the Advisory Committee has prepared the present report on the possible impacts, opportunities and challenges of new technologies with regard to the promotion and protection of human rights, including mapping of relevant existing initiatives by the United Nations and recommendations on how human rights opportunities, challenges and gaps arising from new technologies could be addressed by the Council and its special procedures and subsidiary bodies in a holistic, inclusive and pragmatic manner.
Energy Transition: Modelling the Impact on Natural Gas
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES)
OIES has prepared two scenarios considering the impact of the energy transition on natural gas. Both scenarios were developed to be consistent with the IEA's Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) which is fully aligned with the Paris Agreement to hold the rise in global average temperature to "well below 2 °C … and pursuing efforts to limit [it] to 1.5 °C". One of the scenarios is more favourable to gas, with gas gaining significantly against coal and oil. The other scenario has gas gaining share more slowly against coal and oil and a faster roll out of renewables. The scenarios are not based on economics but more on how different policies might impact gas in the energy transition, while balancing energy supply and demand and meeting the emissions targets.