The two current frontrunners to replace Jacob Zuma as president of the African National Congress at the next ANC Elective Conference in December are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. While both are very accomplished, neither has a perfect track record and each has failings or perceived weaknesses.
The recent Israel-Palestine water agreement promises that water will be supplied to Gaza, however, mixed US, Israeli and Palestinian perspectives on both the agreement and regional peace prevents the agreement graduating from a humanitarian to a diplomatic settlement.
While conditions are far less concerning than during the 2008 and 2010-11 food price crises, an increase in the price of staple foods erodes food security for poorer populations and countries that rely on imports.
Loans provided by the Japan International Co-operation Agency will play a significant role in constraining the influence of China in Bangladesh.
Rather than pleading to the EU to be more lenient, Indonesia and Malaysia should work to ensure that their palm oil exports are sustainable and eligible for certification.
As global temperatures rise, the risks to Australia’s biosecurity and our natural and agricultural environment are consequently increasing. Though existing policies and processes are sufficient to meet operational needs, robust response strategies for future and unknown threats must be developed. These strategies must include government at all levels, the private sector and allow for practical community involvement.