Carlos Lopes

Lopes Carlos

Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Biographie de Lopes Carlos

Holder of a doctorate in history from Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne) as well as a master in research awarded by the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement in Geneva, in September 2012 Carlos Lopes from Guinea-Bissau became the eighth Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, at the level of United Nations Under-Secretary-General. Between March 2007 and August 2012, he served as Executive Director of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva and Director of the UN System Staff College in Turin at the level of Assistant Secretary-General.

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n°56 Fourth Quarter 2015

Iwould like to express my vision for Africa in this article by setting out the needs of the continent with respect to climate issues through a strategy structured around six points. This is to enable the African institutions to draft effective policies which will contribute to the emergence of societies and economies that are resilient to climate change. While recognising that traditional ways of life are undergoing transformation in constantly changing climatic conditions, it is my belief...


n°54 First Quarter 2015

Every day, Africa’s creative talents are hitting the headlines. In Cape Town, the voices of the South African opera stars Andiswa Kedama and Pauline Malefane are captivating the public  in U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, a Xhosa adaptation of Bizet’s famous opera. In Agadez, Bombino, an internationally acclaimed guitarist, author and composer hailed as the new Jimi Hendrix, is enthralling spectators with his words and music promoting change.


n°51 Second Quarter 2014

The occasion of the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Amilcar Cabral, gives us the opportunity to celebrate the contribution of this great Pan-African to the unification process of Africa. This is especially significant as 2013 was also the year in which we celebrate and reflect upon fifty years of the history of the African Union and its predecessor the OAU. The commemorations evolved around the desire for a more affirmative ownership of the development processes by Africans themselves...


n°50 First Quarter 2014

Between 2000 and 2009, eleven African countries grew at an annual rate of 7 percent or more, which is considered sufficient to double their economies in ten years. Africa’s collective GDP at over US$2 trillion today is roughly equal to Brazil’s or Russia’s, and larger than India’s. On the economic front, Africa is now seen as a vibrant frontier market and an emerging pole of growth.


n°47 Second Quarter 2013

The rationale for much of the current discourse of the “African Moment” and “Africa Rising” is clear.   Some of the fastest growing economies in the world are African. Africa has shown relative buoyancy in an era of economic crisis. While global growth declined by 2.7% last year, Africa bucked the trend and grew at 5%.  Notably, all our sub-regions grew faster than the global average, with the highest rate being 6.3% and lowest one 3.5%.  This...

The future of Africa: Lessons learnt from the southern growth engines

n°45 Fourth Quarter 2012

One of the most popular questions nowadays is: What are the African continent’s opportunities in comparison with the development journey of big emerging economies of the South in Asia or Latin America ? One answer would be that Africa has a lot to learn, but will need to learn at a very fast pace. Two different narratives about present-day Africa are thriving in parallel. Indeed, current African debate is a reflection of the complex reality on the ground. There are reasons for optimism...


n°43 Second Quarter 2012

    The prefix “post” has now become a common currency spreading from philosophy to the political scene of globalization. It signals the overthrow of West-originated certainties, that have long been used to explain and govern the world.  With the crisis looming over most of the Western countries and failure of the financial systems, we thought we entered a new era. What I would like therefore to propose for discussion is the following question: Is there a post-...

Climate Diplomacy and Global Democracy

n°38 October-December 2010

The UN convention on climate change, signed in 1992, and the conferences that are periodically held within this legal framework, form a kind of “climate diplomacy,” revealing new power hierarchies and new balances of power...

Crises and opportunities in changing times: The african dimension

n°37 July-September 2010

We all have our favorite crises. There are crises of values, pandemics, population growth, economic chaos, energy paradigm change, financial speculation, gaps in education, cultural pasteurization, poverty prevalent in the world, hunger, and lack of access to such prosaic a luxury as clean water.