What is the role of South Africa and Africa in the G77+China?

The formation of the G77, today known as G77+China, in June 1964 marked an important milestone in building the capacity of the global South both to deepen cooperation among southern countries in international affairs and to enhance the capacity of the South to influence global developments, especially in areas of economic diplomacy. It provided a platform for young and fragile...


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Australian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith, Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar

View accompanying slides The G20 and the Future of Global Economic Growth Austalian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar, Pretoria, South Africa July 24, 2014 Introduction I would like to thank the Institute for Global Dialogue and the University of South Africa (UNISA) for hosting...

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BRICS, Latin America and South Africa.

Siphamandla Zondi reflects on the significance of BRICS's outreach to South America at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, suggesting that it offers opportunities for South Africa to enhance South Atlantic economic cooperation and political solidarity.

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Central African Republic: Deadly Battle Between Rebel Factions

At least 17 people have been killed in the Central African Republic in clashes between factions of the former Seleka rebel movement. The fighting erupted on Monday in the central town of Bambari. The leader of one of the factions told VOA's French to Africa Service on Tuesday that a dispute over control of a checkpoint sparked the violence. General Joseph Zoundeko...


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Central Africa: Security Council Press Statement On Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region

document The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom): On 7 August, the members of the Security Council heard briefings by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin...


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Libya: Libya Boosts Vision 2016 Initiative With Tractors

By Njie BaldehThe Libyan government through it embassy in Banjul Monday handed over 13 tractors to the Gambia government. Solomon Owens, minister of Agriculture, speaking at the handing over ceremony recalled that there is a presidential proclamation that, come 2016, the importation of rice to The Gambia would be zero rated. "Therefore, the coming of these tractors is very timely as an...


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BRICS & the UN in the US-Russia Equation Over Ukraine & Crimea

By Francis A. Kornegay, Jr. Friday, 28 March 2014 12:58

franciskornegayIn the torrent of opinions and commentaries on the events in Ukraine and Crimea, and the resulting stand-off between Russia and the West, two actors have languished in the background - the United Nations and the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) forum to which Russia belongs. Yet the Ukraine-Crimea crisis in relations between the West and Russia carries important implications for both as the geopolitics of this confrontation unfolds. The BRICS dimension is especially intriguing in ways both direct and indirect. If there was doubt about BRICS being hyped as a geopolitical force, the events in Ukraine and Crimea have confirmed them.

 

The WTO’s Road from Bali: A South African Perspective

By Brendan Vickers Wednesday, 05 March 2014 00:04

DrBrendanvickersThe 9th World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference was held in Bali, Indonesia from 3-7 December 2013. Under the stewardship of the new WTO Director-General, Roberto de Azevêdo, the Ministerial Conference delivered the first outcome of the Doha Round after a prolonged impasse that dates back to 2008.

 

Russia’s Coming Out Party? Public Diplomacy Success at Sochi

By Geoff Pigman Wednesday, 26 February 2014 13:49

ProfGeoffreyAllenPigmanThe resounding success of the Olympic Games at Sochi by many measures has probably surprised the global public, given the drumbeat of negative media coverage in the runup to the opening ceremonies. Russia's public diplomacy at Sochi has indeed been successful, but it has achieved a different kind of success from what we have come to expect in recent times. As a Great Power, Russia has said to the world in a straightforward and unvarnished way, 'get to know us better, this is how we really are for good and for ill, deal with it.'

 

The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit and US-SA cooperation

By Scott Firsing Sunday, 16 February 2014 11:01

scottfirsing80This year (2014) the Netherlands will host the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) on the 24-25 March. The United States' President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have already confirmed their attendance. As of writing, confirmation is still being awaited on whether South African President Jacob Zuma will attend.

 

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What is the role of South Africa and Africa in the G77+China?

The formation of the G77, today known as G77+China, in June 1964 marked an important milestone in building the capacity of the global South both to deepen cooperation among southern countries in international affairs and to enhance the capacity of the South to influence global developments, especially in areas of economic diplomacy. It provided a platform for young and fragile...


Read More...

Australian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith, Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar

View accompanying slides The G20 and the Future of Global Economic Growth Austalian Sherpa Dr Heather Smith Address to the Institute for Global Dialogue G20 Outreach Seminar, Pretoria, South Africa July 24, 2014 Introduction I would like to thank the Institute for Global Dialogue and the University of South Africa (UNISA) for hosting...

Read more...

BRICS, Latin America and South Africa.

Siphamandla Zondi reflects on the significance of BRICS's outreach to South America at the 6th BRICS Summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, suggesting that it offers opportunities for South Africa to enhance South Atlantic economic cooperation and political solidarity.

Read more...

Central African Republic: Deadly Battle Between Rebel Factions

At least 17 people have been killed in the Central African Republic in clashes between factions of the former Seleka rebel movement. The fighting erupted on Monday in the central town of Bambari. The leader of one of the factions told VOA's French to Africa Service on Tuesday that a dispute over control of a checkpoint sparked the violence. General Joseph Zoundeko...


Read More...

Central Africa: Security Council Press Statement On Democratic Republic of Congo, Great Lakes Region

document The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Mark Lyall Grant ( United Kingdom): On 7 August, the members of the Security Council heard briefings by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Martin...


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Libya: Libya Boosts Vision 2016 Initiative With Tractors

By Njie BaldehThe Libyan government through it embassy in Banjul Monday handed over 13 tractors to the Gambia government. Solomon Owens, minister of Agriculture, speaking at the handing over ceremony recalled that there is a presidential proclamation that, come 2016, the importation of rice to The Gambia would be zero rated. "Therefore, the coming of these tractors is very timely as an...


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