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The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2013

image of The United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook 2013
The aim of the Global Compact International Yearbook is to create a global overview of the achievements of the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The book offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders around the world and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact principles. Thus the publication helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of best-practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global actors that are at the heart of the initiative. Core issues of the 2013 edition include Stakeholder Management, Integrated Reporting, CSR in Africa, and Climate Chance.

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Africa’s natural assets: The struggle for sustainability

During the past decade, African countries have experienced a widespread economic boom, six of the world’s ten fastest-growing countries have been African, and in eight of the past ten years, Africa has grown faster than East Asia. The rate of foreign investment has soared to almost tenfold in this period. This growth has been driven by a range of factors, including a reduction in regional conflicts, greater political stability and democratization, and new technologies such as mobile communications, which have transformative implications for rural African societies. Perhaps the most important driver, though, has been Africa’s natural wealth, including both nonrenewable resources such as oil, gas, and minerals, as well as renewable ones, which include agricultural land, forests, wildlife, water, and fisheries.

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