COP28: Climate leaders meet in Madrid ahead of summit
04 October 2023 | 2:18 pm
Madrid is hosting a conference with climate leaders before COP28 in Dubai, as the European Union races to firm up a plan to cut harmful emissions.
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Niger's junta has ignored an ultimatum by the West African bloc for the reinstating of ousted President Mohamed Bazoum. Whether ECOWAS will follow through with its threat and intervene militarily remains uncertain.
Ahead of an ECOWAS summit debating a response to the Niger coup, Germany has called for the return to "constitutional order." Meanwhile, ousted president Bazoum's house arrest conditions are said to be "deteriorating."
Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging economies meet in Johannesburg as divisions between the founding members about the bloc's future appear to emerge. Thirty-eight Senegalese nationals are repatriated after a migrant boat drifts off Cape Verde. And Zimbabwe gears up for presidential elections amid economic hardship.
As BRICS leaders meet in Johannesburg on Tuesday, they will be sure to discuss ways to increase commercial exchanges within the bloc of emerging economies comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The group, which represents 16% of global trade, will also look to encourage the use of local currencies in exchanges. However, the Brazilian idea of creating a common currency for the bloc appears to now be on the back burner.
During this week's BRICS summit, China is leading calls for expansion of the grouping's membership and influence. However, a major rift remains between Beijing and New Delhi.
US President Joe Biden will meet with Nguyen Phu Trong, leader of Vietnam's Communist Party during his one-day visit.
President Xi Jinping appears unlikely to attend the upcoming G20 summit in India. Bilateral relations with New Delhi have grown frosty, while Beijing also faces pressure over human rights and Russia's war in Ukraine.
As the first-ever Africa Climate Summit kicks off on Monday in Nairobi, Kenya, some representatives in attendance are wondering whether the political elite will match their words with meaningful action.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are pledged to boost African carbon credit production at the opening day of a landmark climate summit for the continent, despite protesters in Nairobi warning the approach is flawed. Also, Gabon's new leader promises elections to restore civilian rule as he is sworn in as president less than a week after toppling his predecessor.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu arrives New Delhi ahead of the G-20 Summit in India. He is received by Senior Government officials of the India and Nigerian Governments.
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