Africa’s rich coastal waters have long been plundered by foreign fleets, fishing illegally. Now global initiatives are gathering forces that aim to end such plunder — and protect the livelihoods of coastal communities. For these initiatives to succeed, however, many more countries around the world need to participate.
The release of the Panama papers is just the start. It is time for multinational companies to pay fair taxes to African governments; for African governments to be involved in discussions to reform the global tax system.
For the very short term without adequate investment, good governance, and strong leadership, Africa cannot take a leadership role – globally – in leap-frogging from current energy systems to efficient, resilient and low-carbon economies.
Climate change and human rights may seem to have little in common. But the harm that climate change causes can directly prevent people from enjoying their fundamental rights to life, water and sanitation, food, health and development.