February 29, 2024

Injustices and Extractivism’: Africa Advocates for Fair Extraction of Minerals Used in Clean Energy

The sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly is taking place from February 26 to March 1 in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference “sets the global environmental agenda, provides overarching policy guidance, and defines policy responses to address emerging environmental challenges,” according to the UN. African officials are advocating for tighter regulations on the extraction of minerals and metals required for the shift to clean energy, citing concerns about the “injustices and extractivism” of fossil fuel operations. A resolution for structural reforms to enhance the fair distribution of benefits from extraction, supported by a group primarily composed of African nations such as Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, and Chad, was introduced at the UN environmental assembly in Nairobi on Wednesday. The proposal emphasized the need for sustainable use of transitional minerals. “This resolution is crucial for African countries, the environment and the future of our population,” Jean Marie Bope, a delegate from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which supported the resolution, was quoted as saying by the media. As the world moves away from fossil fuels, the demand for transitional minerals and metals needed to build solar power plants, wind farms, and electric vehicles, has been increasing. The UN Environment Programme estimates that billions of tonnes of transitional minerals would be needed in the next 30 years to meet climate targets. And Africa has significant deposits of these key minerals.

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‘They’re Monopolizing Everything’: African Expert on Financial System and How BRICS Can Change It

The Multipolarity Forum was held in Moscow on Monday. Participants from about 130 nations deliberated on topics concerning a multipolar global order, intercultural communication, upholding traditional values, challenging Western supremacy, cancel culture, and the ongoing decline of the family institution. World banking and multinational companies are “monopolizing everything in the world” and that’s why we need to change the international financial system by establishing a multipolar world, Musawenkosi Mdluli, CEO of World BRICS South Africa, told Sputnik Africa on the sidelines of the forum. “[…] World banking […] and […] multinational companies […] are monopolizing everything in the world, so we need a new system, even a new currency, a new banking system, a new SWIFT system to change the whole world. Because now everything has been controlled by a few. […] So the multipolar system will also affect and change the financial system of the world,” Mdluli said. In this regard, BRICS is an organization that can facilitate this process, promoting multipolarity. “I think, BRICS is a very powerful organization that is changing the world. […] It will promote a multipolar system that won’t be dominated by the European Union or the G7 or the G20. […] I believe that the BRICS is a hope for [the] multipolar world,” the interviewee said.

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DRC President Seeks Meeting With Rwandan Counterpart to Discuss Regional Instability

The dispute between Rwanda and the DRC concerns the operations of the M23 rebels in eastern DR Congo. Kinshasa has repeatedly accused Rwanda of supporting the rebels, while Kigali denies any links to the movement. The President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Felix Tshisekedi, expressed his willingness to meet with his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, to address the instability in eastern DR Congo, the Angolan government’s press-center said, following a meeting in Luanda between Tshisikedi and Angolan President Joao Lourenço. The press center cited Angola’s Foreign Minister Téte António, who also attended the meeting to discuss the situation in East Africa. “The aim of the meeting is to put an end to the crisis in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and to return to a lasting peace between the two countries,” the minister said. Antonio added that the responsibility for the meeting lies with the Angolan government as the facilitator of the process.

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Guinean Trade Unions Announce End of Strike, Readiness to Negotiate With Government

The Guinean Trade Union Movement, an umbrella group of several workers’ unions, began a nationwide strike on Monday, shutting down businesses and disrupting the mining sector to demand higher wages, the lifting of Internet restrictions and the release of a jailed union leader. The Guinean Trade Union Movement announced the suspension of the wide-scale strike and its willingness to negotiate with the government over its demands, according to a union statement released by Guinea’s Press Agency. “It [the Movement] informs public, private, mixed and informal authorities of its readiness to resume negotiations tomorrow. To this end, the Guinean Trade Union Movement suspends the general and indefinite strike launched on Monday,” the statement said. The unions explained that they declared the suspension of the strike after the release of Sekou Jamal Pendessa, the Secretary General of the Union of Press Professionals of Guinea, who was detained in late January for participating in an unauthorized protest. The strike has disrupted operations at several mines of the world’s second-largest bauxite producer, media reported. Shops and banks in the West African country remained closed, and security personnel were reportedly stationed outside every government ministry. The strikes in Guinea came a week after Gen. Mamady Doumbouya dissolved the transitional government.

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Putin Praises Russia’s Dialogue With ASEAN, Africa, Arab Countries

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his annual address to the country’s parliament, the Federal Assembly, on Thursday, where he pointed out the key directions for the development of the country’s industry, economy and social policy. Russia’s dialogue with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Africa and Arab countries is developing well, and it is important to seek new points of convergence in this partnership, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. “We see great prospects in building a large Eurasian partnership in conjunction with integration processes within the Eurasian Economic Union and China‘s Belt and Road Initiative. Russia’s dialog with ASEAN is developing positively. The Russia-Africa summits have become a real breakthrough. The African continent is more and more loudly asserting its interests and its right to genuine sovereignty. We sincerely support all these aspirations. Russia has a long history of good relations with Arab states,” Putin said in his annual address to the Federal Assembly.

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