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On World Day to Combat Desertification, UN shines spotlight on ‘true value’ of land | UN News
On World Day to Combat Desertification, UN shines spotlight on ‘true value’ of land June 17, 2018 at 01:02AM https://ift.tt/2ykElgw

In a statement marking the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) said that everyone needed to recognize the true value of land.

“I would ask you: when you choose what to eat, what to wear or what to drive, think about how your choice impacts the land — for better or for worse,” said Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, in her message for the day, marked on 17 June.

Land-grabbing, unplanned urban sprawl, unsustainable agriculture and over-consumption can yield quick economic gains, but such short-sightedness eventually causes degradation and loss of critical ecosystem services due to unsustainable land use.

As a result, a third of the world’s usable land has already severely degraded over the last 30 years, with 75 billion tons of soil from arable land lost annually, said UNCCD.

However, the UNCCD says everyone can contribute to, and benefit from, investing in sustainable land management — as consumers, producers, corporations or governments. Farmers can invest in smart agriculture with higher yields but reduced pesticides. Policymakers and land managers can invest in sustainable land management while consumers can choose to spend on organic and fair-trade products that avoid ruining the land.

The UN General Assembly established the World Day in 1994 to promote public awareness of land degradation and to draw attention to the implementation of the UNCCD — the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The World Day is observed annually on 17 June, the date the UNCCD was adopted.

This year’s theme for the Day is “Land has true value — invest in it.” The campaign hopes to promote changes in behaviour and adoption of more efficient planning and practices, to ensure there are sufficient land resources for the world’s long-term sustainability and economic prosperity.

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DRC’s minister of planning builds up energy - Locations - fDiIntelligence.com
DRC’s minister of planning builds up energy June 15, 2018 at 11:54AM https://ift.tt/2JSTk5H

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Iran’s youth fear their future after Donald Trump withdraws from nuclear deal | New Internationalist
Iran’s youth fear future after Trump abandons nuclear deal June 15, 2018 at 09:14AM https://ift.tt/2lcVzDd

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US foreign policy continues to subjugate the nation’s youth, Daniel Khalili-Tari writes.

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From the overthrow of the democratically elected prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh to the collapse of the landmark nuclear agreement, US foreign policy continues to subjugate the nation’s youth, Daniel Khalili-Tari writes

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One Africa Place gives Nairobi a foundation to build on - Locations - fDiIntelligence.com
One Africa Place gives Nairobi a foundation to build on June 14, 2018 at 07:05AM https://ift.tt/2t5SVmf

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Malware for humans | New Internationalist
Malware for humans June 14, 2018 at 01:37AM https://ift.tt/2JRmodN

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Wars in cyberspace are wars on our minds. JJ Patrick on the murky underworld of big data, social media, espionage and the spread of chaos through disinformation.

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Wars in cyberspace are wars on our minds. JJ Patrick on the murky underworld of big data, social media, espionage and the spread of chaos through disinformation

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Mixed Media: Film | New Internationalist
Mixed Media: Film June 14, 2018 at 01:37AM https://ift.tt/2LM8qr8

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The Ciambra directed and written by Jonas Carpignano;
In the Fade directed and co-written by Fatih Akin.

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Piedad Cordoba: Colombia’s election could tear Peace Deal to shreds | New Internationalist
Piedad Cordoba: Colombia’s election could tear Peace Deal to shreds June 12, 2018 at 11:54AM https://ift.tt/2JyQ6oE

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The former congress woman and recent presidential candidate explains what is at stake in this Sunday's presidential election. Kimberley Brown reports.

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The former congress woman and recent presidential candidate explains what is at stake in this Sunday's presidential election. Kimberley Brown reports

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Will EU copyright law ‘carpet bomb’ the digital world? | New Internationalist
Will EU copyright law ‘carpet bomb’ the digital world? June 11, 2018 at 01:50PM https://ift.tt/2y20MXv

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Article 13 of the EU’s Copyright Directive, up for vote on 20 June, will impose mandatory upload filters on internet users. Jillian York explains why the risks are too high.

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Article 13 of the EU’s Copyright Directive, up for vote on 20 June, will impose mandatory upload filters on internet users. Jillian York explains why the risks are too high

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Revealed: ‘Catastrophic’ explosion risk on Diego Garcia | New Internationalist
‘Catastrophic’ explosion risk on Diego Garcia June 11, 2018 at 01:50PM https://ift.tt/2JNM4bl

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Revealed: Ships at the controversial naval base are crammed dangerously close. Katie McQue reports.

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FOI documents reveal the US navy is keeping ships at the controversial naval base so close together they risk catastrophe. Katie McQue reports

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View from Middle East and Africa: Who will follow Kenya's decentralising lead? - Locations - fDiIntelligence.com
View from Middle East and Africa: Who will follow Kenya's decentralising lead? June 8, 2018 at 10:29AM https://ift.tt/2LwvnhM

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Argentina’s women fight for safe, free and legal abortion | New Internationalist
Argentina’s women fight for safe, free and legal abortion June 8, 2018 at 10:06AM https://ift.tt/2JpHTPG

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The Ni Una Menos movement are making history. Will they succeed in this Wednesday’s vote on 13 June? Orlando James Jenkinson reports.

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The Ni Una Menos movement are making history. Will they succeed in this Wednesday’s vote on 13 June? Orlando James Jenkinson reports

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June Mag: Rawabi Q&A June 8, 2018 at 07:03AM https://ift.tt/2JlNpa5

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From the field: Plastic pollution choking world’s oceans | UN News
From the field: Plastic pollution choking world’s oceans June 7, 2018 at 11:55PM https://ift.tt/2kW7zJ5

The world must unite to “beat plastic pollution” United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for World Environment Day on Tuesday, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”.

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TENDER NUMBER: PRQ20171190 - CONTRACT TO DELIVER ANNUAL REVIEWS OF THE TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA PROGRAMME IN STRATEGY 2 (2018 – 2023) INCLUDING REQUIREMENT FOR THE 2018 ANNUAL REVIEW - African Business Magazine
TENDER NUMBER: PRQ20171190 – CONTRACT TO DELIVER ANNUAL REVIEWS OF THE TRADEMARK EAST AFRICA PROGRAMME IN STRATEGY 2 (2018 – 2023) INCLUDING REQUIREMENT FOR THE 2018 ANNUAL REVIEW June 7, 2018 at 08:02PM https://ift.tt/2xSWjGK

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One belt, one road | New Internationalist
One belt, one road June 7, 2018 at 02:01PM https://ift.tt/2sFUZBT

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China’s dazzlingly ambitious international investment programme – the Belt and Road Initiative – is well under way, with designs to bring infrastructure to half the planet. Wayne Ellwood on the scale of this juggernaut and its economic and political ramifications.

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If we all became vegan tomorrow | New Internationalist
If we all became vegan tomorrow June 6, 2018 at 02:27PM https://ift.tt/2sCRqfC

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The Guardian repeats the myth that becoming vegan is the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. Chris Saltmarsh and Harpreet Kaur Paul disagree.

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Emboldened by a recent study, The Guardian repeats the myth that becoming vegan is the ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth. Chris Saltmarsh and Harpreet Kaur Paul disagree

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Jordanian PM resigns but FDI likely to remain stable - Locations - fDiIntelligence.com
Jordanian PM resigns but FDI likely to remain stable June 6, 2018 at 11:27AM https://ift.tt/2JpL1uY

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Kenya Airways leads race to run Nairobi airport - African Business Magazine
Kenya Airways leads race to run Nairobi airport June 6, 2018 at 11:19AM https://ift.tt/2M1AHL8

Kenya Airways, running at a loss since 2013, is close to winning approval to run the country’s main Jomo Kenyatta international Airport in Nairobi.

As part of a profit and expansion drive the partially state-owned carrier intends to run the airport in tandem with state-run Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). The proposal has been given the green light by the government and now awaits parliamentary approval, which is expected in the coming year, according to Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph.

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Last year the government restructured $243m of Kenya Airways debt, as part of broader restructuring to nurse the airline back to financial health.

The airline ran into trouble five years ago after attacks by regional Islamist group Al-Shabaab led to a downturn in tourism. The purchase of a new fleet of Boeing planes then compounded the carrier’s woes and overall debt.

Taking over control of Kenyatta airport is said to be crucial to the survival of Kenya Airways as it now faces limited financial choices. The proposal would enable the carrier to grow its fleet from 32 to 55 and start flying to 20 new international destinations by 2022.

The airport itself has been described as a ‘cash cow’ bringing home $133.93m for the KAA per year.

Stiff competition

In the wake of a de-regulated airspace for 23-African countries, implemented by the African Union earlier this year in the form of the Single African Air Transport Market, many African sovereigns are looking to re-vamp their ailing carriers.

RwandAir, Rwanda’s national carrier, has recently signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Premier League football team Arsenal whose players will wear “Visit Rwanda” on their sleeves next season. South Africa has injected $400m into its struggling state airline South African Airways in an effort to prop up the business as it implements a turnaround plan.

All look towards Ethiopian Airlines, the continent’s most profitable carrier, who continue to boast year on year profit. It remains to be seen how well the continent’s smaller carriers can compete with the likes of Ethiopian and hugely profitable non-African airlines like Qatar Airways and Emirates.

Even Ethiopian – previously the African public-led success story – has recently begun a process of privatisation. While admirable perhaps the money African governments spend bailing out their national carriers would be better spent elsewhere.

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