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South Sudan: South Sudan to Push Ahead with Petroleum Audit

20 June 2017

Source: African Review

The South Sudanese Ministry of Petroleum has launched a public tender to perform an audit and produce a report on the country's petroleum sector. Despite ongoing civil unrest, the Government of National Unity in South Sudan plans to move ahead with development plans for the country's emerging oil and gas industry. The audit and report...

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Australia: Australia Warned It Has Radically Underestimated Climate Change Security Threat

20 June 2017

Source: Ben Doherty, Guardian

As the Senate launches an inquiry into the national security ramifications of climate change, a new report has warned global warming will cause increasingly regular and severe humanitarian crises across the Asia-Pacific. Disaster Alley, written by the Breakthrough Centre for Climate Restoration, forecasts climate change could potentially displace tens of millions from swamped cities, drive fragile...

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Liberia: Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on Land Concession Management Underway in Liberia

20 June 2017

Source: FrontPageAfrica

As part of improving citizens’ engagement in concessions management and managing concession-related conflicts, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is organizing a two-day national multi-stakeholders Platform meeting in Monrovia. The meeting brings together four Multi-Stakeholders’ Platforms (MSPs) from affected communities in concession areas in Grand Cape Mount, Maryland, Nimba and Sinoe Counties.

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Who Controls The Oil as Kurdish Independence Looms?

20 June 2017

Source: Gregory Brew, OilPrice.com

Kurdistan, the autonomous region of northern Iraq that is rich in oil resources and has proven an effective force against the spread of the Islamic State, has announced that it will hold an independence referendum on September 25 of this year, in order to determine whether the region will remain part of the Republic of...

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Colombia: Colombia Plans Initiative for Solar to Benefit Milk Producers

20 June 2017

Source: Mark Hutchins, PV Magazine

Anatolio Santos, Atlántico Department’s Secretary of Economic Development, brought up the initiative at a government meeting. The aim of the proposed initiative is to boost the region’s milk sector, to make it more competitive through lower costs. Currently, farmers pay up to COP 1,500,000 ($500) per tank, per month in electricity bills for milk cooling facilities....

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Africa: Crop Failure and Conflict Affecting Food Security in Africa

19 June 2017

Source: Sabrina Dean, Farmer's Weekly

According to the latest quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Shortages report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) this month, people across 29 countries on the continent cannot access food, or are facing food shortages. The FAO report says food prices have soared in recent months. Press agency Reuters reports that development banks are now...

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Myanmar: Jade Mining in Hpakant, Lone Khin on Hold Due to Monsoon

19 June 2017

Source: Chan Mya Htwe, Myanmar Times

Jade mining operations in Hpakant and Lone Khin of Kachin State have slowly begun to wind down from last week, due to the approaching monsoon season, locals told The Myanmar Times.In Myanmar, Hpakant and Lone Khin jade regions are known for producing world-renowned jade, and due to the weather, companies annually stop their jade extraction operations, the...

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Myanmar: Kyaukphyu Farmers Propose Compensation Rates for Land Lost to SEZ

19 June 2017

Source: Moe Myint, Irrawaddy

Farmers from four village tracts in southern Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu Township have demanded that the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) committee compensate seized paddy field at a rate of up to 90 million kyats per acre, according to a township administration official.

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Iraq/Kurdistan: Abadi: Holding Independence Referendum in Kurdistan Region is ‘Illegal’

18 June 2017

Source: NRT

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said holding an independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region is “illegal” and that such a referendum requires a specified law for it in parliament. Abadi told reporters and academics on Saturday night (June 17) that such a referendum requires a law to be created and adopted inside the Iraqi Parliament because...

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South Sudan: South Sudan's Displaced See Little Chance of Peace

18 June 2017

Source: David Lewis, Reuters

When South Sudan's civil war erupted in 2013, Nyayath Uluak was caught in crossfire in the northern town of Malakal and a bullet tore her leg apart. She survived, but the lower half of her limb didn't. On leaving hospital, she found refuge with family in Yei, to the south, but then had to flee...

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