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Environmental protection for sustainable development

Due to the effects of El Nino, the average temperature in 2015 winter will be the highest one in over the past 10 years in Vietnam. Like many other developing countries, Vietnam also has to deal with the consequences of global climate change.

Having 3,260 kilometers coastline and many coastal lowlands, over 80% of the Mekong Delta and 30% of the Red River Delda having elevations of 2.5 m below sea level, which are easily affected by hurricanes, tornados, high and erratic rainfall, Vietnam is one of the most vulnerable countries affected by global climate change.

According to the World Bank (2007), Vietnam is among the five countries that will seriously be affected by climate change and rising sea levels. According to international studies, the global average sea level could rise by nearly 1 meter by 2050. If the sea level rises by 1 meter, about 40% of the Mekong Delta area, 11% of the Red River Delta  and 3% of coastal provinces will be inundated, about 10-12% of Vietnam’s population are directly impacted and roughly 10% of its GDP will be lost.


Chinese President Xi Jinping on the next G20 Summit to be held in China in 2016

On 16 November 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping expounded on China’s views on the 2016 G20 Summit to be held in China during the Working Lunch of the G20 Summit.

President Xi announced that China will host the 11th G20 Summit from September 4th to 5th next year in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

By using a Chinese saying, "Up in heaven, there is paradise; down on earth, there are Suzhou and Hangzhou." President Xi emphasized the beautiful sceneries as well as innovation of the cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou, which will ensure that the 2016 Summit present to the leaders a unique setting where history meets modernity.

President Xi emphasized that based on an assessment of the current situation and the expectations of all parties, China has formulated the theme of the 2016 Summit as "Towards an Innovative, Invigorated, Interconnected and Inclusive World Economy".


Promoting modern and sustainable energy access for all Africans

Cairo, Egypt 26 November 2015: The African Union Commission, Department of Infrastructure and Energy conducted a Training Workshop on Advanced Small Hydropower (SHP) Systems for Member States from 22nd to 27th November 2015 in Cairo, Egypt. This Training Workshop is the third in a series of capacity building activities on hydropower systems for energy experts in African countries.  

The 5 day workshop was hosted by the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy (MOERE) of the Arab Republic of Egypt at the Leadership Training Centre through the Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC).

The Workshop was attended by 23 energy experts from African countries i.e. Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Cameroun, Congo DRC, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


New Development Bank announces Vice Presidents

26 November 2015

The New Development Bank of BRICS (NDB) opened its headquarters in Shanghai, China on 21 July 2015. Following the second meeting of its Board of Directors on 23/24th November 2015, the NDB is pleased to announce the allocation of formal responsibilities to the four Vice Presidents of the Bank.

NDB President Mr. KV Kamath says, ‘We are pleased with our progress to date in finalizing our broad policy framework and organizational structure which will now enable us to progress to the next phase of our establishment. After completion of the initial start-up phase, we are now in a position to allocate formal responsibilities with immediate effect to the four Vice Presidents. We will now be in a position over the next few months to commence our talent acquisition for our permanent staff complement.’


Australia’s Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour sails into Cape Town

On 18 November 2015, STS Young Endeavour sailed into the V&A waterfront dock on the penultimate leg of its world voyage. The visit to South Africa was part of a 12-month circumnavigation of the world – the vessel’s first such deployment in over 20 years.

The voyage included the ship’s participation in Anzac Centenary Commemorations in Gallipoli, Turkey in April 2015 and representing Australia during the 2015 International Tall Ship Races in the North Sea. The vessel departed Rio de Janeiro en route to Cape Town on 24 October.

In addition to bilateral engagement with the South African Navy during its port visit, the Young Endeavour crew participated in community outreach and development activities in Cape Town facilitated by the Australian High Commission, including a cricket clinic with about 120 children at the Khayelitsha cricket grounds taking them through various drills and exercises.

Photo: Young Endeavour youth crew member participating in cricket clinic with a few students


Bilateral relations between Italy and South Africa are sound

21 November 2015

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane concludes Working Visit to Italy International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane concluded her Working Visit to Italy on Friday, 20 November 2015. The Minister held bilateral talks with her counterpart, Mr Paolo Gentiloni, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, with a view to renewing political and economic relations between the two countries.

The two Ministers exchanged views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual concern, which included discussions on further enhancing trade and investment, and exploring further areas of Cooperation such as the development of SMMEs, infrastructure and the ocean economy, among others. The migration crisis, peace and security issues, as well as the scourge of terrorism were discussed.  Minister Nkoana-Mashabane extended an invitation to Minister Gentiloni to visit South Africa during the course of 2016. Bilateral relations between Italy and South Africa are sound.

Photo: Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart HE Paolo Gentiloni, Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister of Italy, share a light moment as she arrives for their bilateral meeting in Rome, Italy. Photo by Unati Ngamntwini


Pakistan Participates in ATF Trade Exhibition

24 November 2015

Four Pakistani Companies, with the support of the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), representing an assortment of trade sectors, are participating in the three-day 17th annual Apparel, Textile & Footwear (ATF) Trade Exhibition in Cape Town, South Africa.

Pakistani companies comprising Crown Leather Corporation Karachi, R.T. International Sialkot, Faisal Fabrics Limited Faisalabad and Best Exports Pvt Ltd Faisalabad are expected to establish contacts during the exhibition and materialize their presence at ATF into concrete future businesses, thereby, providing the required boost to Pakistani exports in the region.

His Excellency the High Commissioner of Pakistan to South Africa Mr. Najm us Saqib specially visited Cape Town from Pretoria to meet the Pakistani exhibitors participating in the ATF.


China supports Africa’s self-development

The 2nd Forum on China-Africa Local Government Cooperation held with focus on Municipal Capacity Building, Industrial Cooperation and Inclusive Development

The 2nd Forum on China-Africa Local Government Cooperation was held in Beijing on November 10th. China’s top diplomat State Councilor Yang Jiechi attended the forum and gave a key-note speech. Representatives from local governments of 26 African countries and 24 Chinese provinces also joined the forum.

Local government cooperation plays an important role in promoting China-Africa relations. State Councilor Yang lauded the important role of the local cooperation in country-to-country relations, and the good momentum in exchanges and cooperation at local level between China and Africa.

Photo: Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi addresses the opening ceremony of the 2nd Forum on China-Africa Local Government Cooperation in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 10, 2015. (Xinhua/Zhang Ling)


The first lady of Kenya calls for joint efforts to end preventable maternal and child deaths in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya 19th November 2015: As part of concerted efforts to improve the health of the Continent’s citizens and reduce maternal and child deaths, the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with UN agencies and key partners, gathered yesterday 19th November 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya to celebrate the AU’s Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA). Commemorations are taking place this week under the theme “Moving CARMMA to the next level: Mobilizing to End Maternal and Child Death in Africa by 2030”, and the AU hope to accelerate and renew momentum towards ending preventable maternal and child mortality in the region.  The main objective of the campaign, which was launched in 2009, is to promote accelerated and intensified implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action to ensure universal access to comprehensive integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Delivering the keynote address, the First Lady of Kenya, H.E Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta urged African countries that have not embraced CARMMA to do so to enable the continent move forward together. “Investing in women’s and children’s health is vital for sustainable economic and social development. Healthy women and children contribute to healthy economies, political stability and shared prosperity” Mrs. Kenya emphasized.


How must international law be applied in an imperfect world


Mr President,

First of all, I wish to express, on behalf of the President and the people of South Africa, our deepest condolences to the governments and peoples of France, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kenya, Iraq, Nigeria and other victims of terror and violence throughout the world over the past few months.

These acts of terror and violence remind us that it is no exaggeration to say that the world has entered a new era of disorder. As South Africans we recall the days of the early 1990s, when we gained our freedom, when the Cold War ended and we all looked forward to a new world order of peaceful co-existence between States, where human rights, human security and democratisation would be promoted in an international rules-based system.

The adoption of the Rome Statute establishing the world's first permanent international criminal court, a process in which South Africa actively participated, is an achievement of this hopeful period of in our history.


South African and Dutch companies partner in various sectors

17 November 2015

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands is on an official visit to South Africa and was received by President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings. Prime Minister Rutte is accompanied by a sizeable business delegation while on his visit, which President Zuma said augurs well for the countries’ economic relations. He said trade and investment were the backbone of relations that exist between the two countries. He said total trade between the two countries had increased consistently from R27 billion in 2010 to R48 billion in 2014.
The Dutch have also invested in about 40 projects in South Africa with direct investment volume estimated at over R14 billion over the period 2003 to 2015 in financial services, aerospace, transport, business services, biotechnology and information technology and software sectors.
President Zuma said he was looking forward to enhanced relations between the two countries, building on the rich history and common beliefs in democracy, freedom, human rights, equality and other values that make the world a better place.




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