Exclusive. Africa’s spokesperson at the Rio+20 summit in 2012, organiser of the Brazzaville International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna & Flora of Africa, international mediator in the Central African Republic crisis, the President of the Republic of the Congo replies to questions from our editorial team. He makes particular reference to COP21 in Paris and to the ecological, political and security challenges that Africa must confront in the coming years.
Interview with Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of Congo by Jean Didier Boukongou, associate editor of the journal African Geopolitics. Jean Didier Boukongou — What are you expecting from the Paris climate summit? Denis Sassou Nguesso — Africa has mobilised to participate and speak with one voice at this Conference, in which it is placing its legitimate hopes. It has engaged in negotiations on the basis of a united front in response to the aspirations of our...
On the eve of the Africa-Europe Summit which will be held in Brussels in early April, I should like to offer some ideas and proposals for consideration so that this meeting, raising as it does such great hopes, can be both a turning point and an opportunity for a new start.
Sad news has reached us, borne on the wind from the south… President Mandela has breathed his last.
Exactly ten years ago, in April 2003, we suggested the creation of a Pan-African Pact Against Aggression that would enable African nations to cooperate effectively in the sphere of crisis prevention and management. A decade later, the time has come to take another step forward in taking control of our destiny, ensuring the development of our continent on the basis of a cooperation structure adapted to global changes as well as to Africa...
In this article the President of the Republic of the Congo reviews the importance for Africa of the 14th Summit of the Francophonie held in Kinshasa last October. Holding the 14th Summit of the Francophonie in Kinshasa — on African soil and, for the first time, in the Central African region — constituted an event that delighted the peoples of our region and raised many hopes. Africa, henceforth the bastion of the French language, was honoured by this choice and we are proud of our...
Africa is a young continent with a billion inhabitants, with natural capital that hosts 40% of world biodiversity, 20% of forest reserves and over half of the world’s energy potential, in the form of solar, wind and water power. Despite these assets, the continent’s vulnerability derives essentially from the fragility of its under-diversified economy, its dependence on its natural resources and its inability to control international market prices.
In Rio, in June 1992, leaders from every continent for the first time took the trouble to engage in mutual consideration of the consequences of our behaviour and the resulting threats to our environment. They needed courage, because what was required was to challenge everything, to denounce the fact that we had embarked on a vessel in a fair way to becoming a ghost ship.
Interview with Patrick Wajsman The President of the Republic of Congo is convinced that Africa is moving forward on the road to democracy. In this interview with Patrick Wajsman, conducted in his home village of Oyo,
As far back as I can remember, I have been enchanted by the colours and the music of a language that, more than any other, deserves to be described as a living language because it is anything but uniform, anything but rigidly fixed.
We Africans have never given up, and therein lies our strength. The poverty of our continent can never blight the colours and the words of our songs! Africa has strong values, one of which is mutual assistance. As long as our planet is not struck by some new fatal crisis, we shall win through, despite all the dire predictions of doom and gloom. When belief is lacking, the road is even more difficult to travel.
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