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Our Planet

UNEP’s quarterly magazine Our Planet features authoritative articles on the theme of environment and development by world scientific and political leaders. Each issue of Our Planet concentrates on one specific theme, tying into international conferences, meetings (the Commission on Sustainable Development), events (World Environment Day), or dealing with issues of our time (Water or Climate Change). Our Planet reports on international developments and action. It reviews current thinking, suggests solutions, and debates the key issues of environmentally sustainable development.

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Undermining progress

In 1990, at the end of the bush war in Angola and Namibia, we fought criminals and militants involved in trafficking natural resources, who were hiding from the government and police. Of course both these authorities harboured some corrupt individuals: we vividly recall handing over armed suspects to a local police chief in an African border town, only for them to be let out again – with their assault rifles – the day after we left. But now things have changed for the worse.

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