Twenty years after the Rio Earth Summit in Brazil which highlighted the connection between environmental protection and sustainable development, the international community will once again go to Rio to consider what has been achieved and to work out the way forward.
Together with Latin America and some countries of Asia and Eastern Europe like the Ukraine, Africa has become the target of those who are seeking land throughout the world to buy or to lease in order to produce food crops or biofuels.
Disappointed by the semi-failure of the Copenhagen Climate Conference, Africa is nevertheless continuing her efforts to maintain a united front and to mobilise foreign partners, while taking measures to protect her environment. The last African Union summit held in February 2010 in Addis Ababa enabled the Heads of State and of Government to reaffirm their position of “maintaining the unity of member States in all future negotiations on climate change”. It also approved the extension of the...
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