Diplomacy

By Malik Hossain[Marrakech, Morocco] In the run up to COP21 hosted by the French government in its capital, Paris in 2015, there was frenetic diplomatic activity all over the world inspired by climate change. Three capitals dictated the pace, format, structure and tone of re-imagining a new world that would take a bold step to stem down the ever rising carbon emissions and tone down extreme life threatening weather conditions. These were Washington DC, Vatican City and Paris. The three leaders at the nexus of these three cities used their leverage to reach out to much of the world with…
Global leaders ratification of Paris Agreement impresses LDC GroupBy Peter Vusi[New York City, US] The 71st UN General Assembly has recorded a plethora of milestones. Key among the achievements being its frenetic speed meant to actualize the Paris Agreement. Other than hosting a high-powered session on migration and openly addressing the causes, effects and even future solutions on migration it also held a frank conversation on the Paris Agreement during the eighth annual Climate Week. The Climate Week had a two-fold agenda aimed at rallying multiple support towards the attainment of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build…
By Wanjohi Kabukuru[Honolulu, Hawai’i] Five days before the IUCN Congress adopted its key decision to support indigenous people’s rights; there was intense lobbying by the indigenous groups who had organised caucuses, side events, workshops and even marches to bring their issues as biodiversity defenders on the table.Kenya’s indigenous people’s rights leader Lucy Mulenkei who heads the Indigenous Information Network (IIN) had been among the key leaders fronting for their recognition. “The IUCN needs to fully incorporate us.” Mulenkei had said on the sidelines of the IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu, Hawaii early in September. “For generations we have…
Oceans protection feature prominently at IUCN CongressBy Wanjohi Kabukuru[Hawai'i, US] The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) currently holding its World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i, US will this week vote on two critical motions on oceans when its assembly begins its sittings.Waikiki Beach in Hawai'i, US. Symbolic venue for IUCN Congress which is discussing the protection of more ocean space [ Image: IUCN]Island nations with the support of key scientific research think tanks and conservation agencies are supporting Motions 49 and 53 which call for a "Yes" vote for the protection of the High Seas and 30 per…
By Malik Hossain[Djibouti, Djibouti] – And Djibouti it is. China’s highly touted economic artery “the Silk road” has finally made its foray into Africa with the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti being the key entry point. Djibouti is strategically positioned near one of the world’s busiest and most significant shipping lanes controlling access to both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. This geographical asset has been one of Djibouti’s international trading and diplomatic lever enabling it to become an important global refuelling and transhipment centre.Last week Djibouti’s President Ismael Omar Guelleh, witnessed Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Chairman of Djibouti…
By Ricardo Morta and Marc Razafindsionana[Vatican, Holy See] Its official, Pope Francis has joined the climate change debate and he leaves no doubt where the Holy See stands on the issue.
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