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Will Agriculture Make It At Rio+20?

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United Nations negotiations are always complex, but Rio+20 has an unusually complicated agenda. Sustainable development by its nature is broad, combining social, economic, and environmental dimensions. In an attempt to roll these ideas together, the negotiating text introduces the concept of the "green economy", which is by no means an accepted term and has met with strong G77 criticism for its lack of focus on poverty eradication and related social issues. Read more.


Presidents Commit to Nurturing Africa's 'Natural Capital'

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Until Africa's forests are valued for the oxygen they produce for the world's ecosystems, they will be worth more when they are dead than alive, said Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at a summit for "Sustainability in Africa" held in Botswana from May 24-25. Stressing the importance of preserving Africa's "natural capital", Sirleaf said that "until we can put a value on the contribution our biodiversity makes to the global environment, we will struggle to protect it." Read more.


Growth to Reach 4.5 Percent

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AFRICA'S economy will grow by 4.5 per cent in 2012 after recovering from the impact of the 2009 global financial crisis and the 2011 Arab revolts, experts predicted in a report on Monday. "Africa's economy should see a rebound in 2012 after popular uprisings in northern Africa and political unrest brought overall economic growth to 3.4 per cent in 2011," according to a report issued at the start of African Development Bank (AfDB) annual meetings here. Read more.


Jobs for Youth Key to Africa's Economic Growth

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With the number of youths in Africa set to double by 2045, countries across the continent should boost job creation and help young people acquire new skills, according to the African Economic Outlook 2012. "Creating productive employment for Africa's rapidly growing young population is an immense challenge but also the key to future prosperity", say the authors in the foreword. Read more.


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