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Tobacco taxes too effective to overlook in financing for development
1 June 2015, 9:58 pm

New York: Governments are in the midst of tough talks in New York over the text of the Addis Ababa Accord, which is scheduled to be adopted at the end of the Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) , to be held in Ethiopia in July.  However at last report, negotiators continued to downplay a powerful mechanism that governments could use to help achieve and finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in September: tobacco taxes.

The DATA Report 2015: putting the poorest first
1 June 2015, 9:44 pm

2015 is a year that will shape the course of history. A new set of Global Goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – will be launched in September, which will set out the path to a fairer, more prosperous world and an end to extreme poverty.  But goals alone are not enough – they need a clear plan of action and the resources to deliver it. In mid-July, governments will convene for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: this will be the pivotal point of the year.

SADC states discuss climate change adaptation and mitigation
29 May 2015, 8:04 am

Gaborone: Over 40 technocrats from SADC Member States drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Lands, the academia and private sector recently met for a three day workshop at Protea Hotel Centurion in Pretoria, South Africa. The workshop came at an opportune time when countries across the globe have committed to create a new international climate agreement by the conclusion of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in December 2015.

Secretary-General appoints High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing
28 May 2015, 5:24 pm

New York: One of the most important challenges facing the humanitarian system today is the growing gap between the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance and sufficient resources to provide relief.  Over the last decade, the demand for humanitarian aid has risen dramatically. The number of people in need has more than doubled since 2004 to over 100 million today, and current humanitarian funding requirements for 2015 stand at $19.1 billion, up from $3.4 billion in 2004.

AU consults Botswana
28 May 2015, 5:15 pm

Gaborone:  Botswana is one of the six countries that the African Union (AU) is consulting regarding the domestication process of Agenda 2063.  Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.

AfDB’s development effectiveness review shows 70% of indicators on track
28 May 2015, 5:08 pm

Abidjan:  The African Development Bank (AfDB) is consciously contributing to Africa’s development and it is achieving results. According to the Bank’s Annual Development Effectiveness Review (ADER) 2015, 70 percent of the Bank’s indicators are on track.

AfDB: Panelists call for strong Paris agreement, climate finance justice for Africa
28 May 2015, 4:54 pm

Abidjan: Panelists at high-level event on climate change on Tuesday have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, sufficient to fulfill Africa’s development aspirations.  This is in addition to the need to have adequate, predictable, sustainable climate finance resources to address Africa’s challenges in transitioning to low-carbon development, climate-smart agriculture, and sustainable urban development. 

Common African Position on Humanitarian Effectiveness
28 May 2015, 9:38 am

The objective of the consultative meeting (27- 29 May 2015) is to stimulate discussion among Member States on the emerging issues concerning the global and regional humanitarian landscape, in so doing undertake a “Political Process” for reform to strengthen the humanitarian response. The outcomes of regional consultations will be consolidated into a Common Africa Position to be presented at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey 2016.

African countries urged to pay attention to domestic resource mobilization
26 May 2015, 3:39 pm

Abidjan: African countries have been asked to look within themselves to mobilize resources for development because the resources are available. During “The Future of Financing for Development in Africa” session at the 50th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Monday, May 25, 2015, two of the speakers reiterated the need for African countries to develop the capacity to mobilize resources locally instead of looking to raise financing for development from outside their countries.

The United Nation’s new app to track huge illicit cash transfers
26 May 2015, 2:56 pm

Nairobi:  Kenya could soon get a breakthrough in monitoring the movement of illegal cash shipped out of the county by multinationals through a new tracking tool developed by the United Nations. The new application could see Kenyans follow all international payments exceeding a specified threshold on the Illicit Financial Flow Web tracker developed by the UN’s Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  The commission is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Third International Policy Conference on the African Child - 'Child Poverty in Africa'
African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Venue: United Nations Conference Centre, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: 12-13 May 2008
ARC briefing note on the outcomes of the 10th African Union Summit
The tenth African Union (AU) Summit took place at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 25 January to 2 February 2008.
South African Journal of International Affairs: Call for Papers
February 2008
The South African Journal of International Affairs (SAJIA) is published biannually by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
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