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Integrating the local and global urban agendas

12/07/2016

In October, world leaders will gather in Quito for the Habitat III summit to launch the New Urban Agenda. This is on top of the start this year of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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How China’s Rebalancing Affects Africa’s Development Finance … and More

05/07/2016

By Helmut Reisen of Shifting Wealth Consulting and former Head of Research at the OECD Development Centre 2015 has been a challenging year for Africa. Average growth of African economies weakened in 2015 to 3.6%, down from an average annual 5% enjoyed since 2000. Total financial flows have decreased 12.8% to USD 188.8 billion, including UNCTAD estimates for foreign direct investment. Africa´s tax-GDP ratio tumbled to 17.9%, down from 18.7% in 2014.

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Africa’s Blue Economy: An opportunity not to be missed

09/06/2016

By Dr. Carlos Lopes, UN Under Secretary General & Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa. The world’s oceans, seas and rivers are a major source of wealth, creating trillions of dollars’ worth in goods and services as well as employing billions of people. Three out of four jobs that make up the entire global workforce are water-dependent.

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A 21st century vision for urbanisation

09/06/2016

By Dr Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-Habitat. If urbanisation is one of the most important global trends of the 21st century, with some 70% of the world’s population forecasted to live in cities by 2050, then urbanisation in Africa marks one of the most significant opportunities for achieving global sustainable development.

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The SDG's are here… Now what?

23/05/2016

By Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and former Prime Minister of New Zealand. We face the challenge of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in a world faced with multiple and diverse forms of crisis.

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African Economic Outlook 2016

23/05/2016

The African Economic Outlook (AEO) celebrates its 15th edition this year. The African Development Bank, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme partner to produce this annual report.

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Africa: economic transformation hinges on unlocking potential of cities, says the African Economic Outlook 2016

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