South Africa

SA's water security in peril

Cape Town:  African economies lose up to 25 percent of GDP through floods and droughts in a continent where 35 percent of people do not have access to safe drinking water, according to Unesco’s African regional hydrologist Abou Amani. Amani, who gave the keynote address at the Third ChinAfrica Water Forum Conference in the city yesterday, warned this GDP loss was set to increase by five percent because of the future impacts of global climate change.

UN General Assembly endorses the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

New York: The General Assembly [Monday] adopted a resolution endorsing the Addis Ababa Action Agenda of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, a “new global framework” that many said would strengthen cooperation in technology, infrastructure and social protections that were key to realizing inclusive sustainable development.

BASIC Ministerial: statement on climate change

New York:  Statement issued after the 20th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change, held at United Nations Headquarters: 

South African perspectives on post-2015 development goals

Johannesburg: The Post-2015 Consensus held a country specific seminar on the post-2015 development agenda in South Africa on 21st May, the eighth seminar in a series of 10 seminars to be held around the world.

The purpose of the country specific discussion is to bring together international economists with local sector experts in order to delve deeper into the potential benefits which the post-2015 development agenda could bring to the country and the necessity of prioritizing smart targets to achieve the desired outcomes for the country.

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