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The importance of SDG on Oceans and Seas for Africa’s sustainable development

dlaminiAs the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are coming to an end in 2015, global discussions are on-going to determine the focus of the post-2015 development agenda. In February 2014, the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) presented a Sustainable Development Goal on Oceans and Seas (SDG on Oceans and Seas) at the 8th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations Headquarters, New York.

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Quadrilateral cooperation: Angola, Brazil, Nigeria and South Africa

Wayne JumatThe increasing scourge of piracy, human trafficking, drug trafficking, illegal fishing and arms and munitions smuggling poses a significant question about the need for an enhanced and integrated maritime security response, particularly in the South Atlantic.

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The ASEAN position on the South China Sea dispute: Quo Vadis?

dlaminiIn May 14, 2014 the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held its 24th summit hosted by Myanmar. It was a historical meeting for the bloc as Myanmar was hosting the summit for the first time, and also considering the fact that the group is preparing for the establishment of ASEAN community by 2015. However, one of the issues that topped the agenda was the South China Sea (SCS) dispute and, as expected, it was a subject of contention.

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Promoting gender equality through collaborative action: reflections on the partnership between UN Women and the ACP Secretariat

Anna XoyaneOn 1 April 2014, the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) and UN Women signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Brussels, Belgium, dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women in ACP member states. The MOU was signed on the sideline of the 4th Africa-EU Summit which took place in Brussels from 2-3 April 2014.

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The US-Africa 2014 Leaders Summit: Africa to take centre stage in Washington

scottfirsinglgMany across the African continent have not always viewed America in a positive light. After years of a non-coherent strategy full of aid and security concerns, and a relative lack of attention from the US policymaker's perspective, we are witnessing a new era in US-Africa relations where Washington truly appears committed for the long haul.

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