Fight against poaching must empower communities

Annette Hübschle, University of Cape Town Wildlife crimes – like rhino poaching, overfishing or the harvesting of cycads – were once considered a “green” matter. But this has changed. Such crimes have moved higher up on global security and policy agendas. This is partly linked to concerns about the extinction of species and the demise …

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Remarks by Donald Trump at Lunch with African Leaders

U.S. President Donald J. Trump met on Wednesday afternoon with several African heads of state and government, at a working lunch hosted by himself and First Lady Melania Trump at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. Here are the remarks Trump delivered to the group, as released by the White House press office. The Washington …

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African Leaders Speak at UN General Assembly (Part 1)

The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly convened earlier this week. As noted on the UN web site, “The annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly is the occasion for world leaders to gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues.” The theme of the general debate this year is “Focusing …

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Initiative to build African science journalism capacity

By Sam Otieno [GRAHAMSTOWN, SOUTH AFRICA] A two-year programme has been launched to build capacity of science journalists and improve science coverage in Africa. It was launched this month (1 September) with the aim of recognising the important role of science journalism in promoting Africa’s socioeconomic development. The project is being funded by the African …

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Invest in infrastructure to retain Africa’s scientists

By Laura Owings African countries lack the infrastructure and entrepreneurial support needed to retain science graduates, thus impacting scientific independence and contributing to the continent’s so called ‘brain drain’, a conference has heard. The Science in Africa UnConference, held in London last month (20 July) by the Planet Earth Institute, aimed to promote the successes …

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