Corporate Governance in Commonwealth Countries
This book, Corporate Governance in Commonwealth Countries, a compendium of contributions from accomplished authors, examines how the Commonwealth has achieved a degree of consensus in developing and promoting standards of corporate governance both in the public and the private sectors in member countries. It consists of 18 chapters, divided into six parts. The chapters present the relationship of each country within the Commonwealth and the corporate governance developments in each country. Chapter 17 of this book was written by the CEO of NET Africa, it examines corporate governance challenges in the management of Lake Chad, an ancient Lake surrounded by four countries - Chad (on the east of the Lake), Niger (on the North Western side of the Lake), Nigeria (on the West side of the Lake) and Cameroon (on the South of the Lake). The latter two countries are member states of the Commonwealth. The Lake Chad Basin Commission was formed in the 1960s after many African countries had gained their independence from Britain. The book adds to our knowledge of corporate governance at the international level, especially within the Commonwealth, comprising a unique collection of nations – ranging from the developed economies through to vastly differing levels of emerging economies at varying stages of transition. Academics, researchers, business and finance students, investors and government agencies with an interest in the Commonwealth and corporate governance will find the book authoritative and insightful.
Position Paper of the Non-Governmental Organizations Major Group High Level Political Forum 2019
The NGO Major Group continues to call upon governments to ensure that civil society is guaranteed an active, substantive and meaningful role in decision-making, planning, implementation, evaluation, and assessment in order to ensure accountability and to leave no one behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The research evidence and on-the-ground experience of NGOs draws from the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals and the need for more holistic approaches to achieving them. Repeated challenges noted by NGOs reflect breaches in human rights, exclusion, disempowerment, lack of environmental sustainability, reduction of cultural diversity, over reliance on aggregated data, separation of sectors, unilateralism, and lack of urgency of political will. Where NGOs observed progress, the processes that brought it about, regardless of the SDGs under which it was achieved, had at their core human rights, inclusion, empowerment, cultural and environmental sustainability, disaggregation of data, cooperation and true collaboration and integration across sectors, multilateralism, and not only will or commitment but also action taken with all stakeholders with human rights at the centre. Download this position paper which NET Africa participated in.
Healthy, functioning natural wetlands are critical to human livelihoods and sustainable development. Although still covering a global area almost as large as Greenland, wetlands are declining fast, with 35% losses since 1970, where data are available. Wetland plants and animals are therefore in crisis, with a quarter of species at risk of extinction. Quality of remaining wetlands is also suffering, due to drainage, pollution, invasive species, unsustainable use, disrupted flow regimes and climate change. Yet wetland ecosystem services, ranging from food security to climate change mitigation, are enormous, far outweighing those of terrestrial ecosystems.
The Ramsar Convention promotes wetland conservation
and wise use and is at the centre of efforts to halt and
reverse wetland loss.
Key steps in conserving and regaining healthy wetlands include, enhancing the network of Ramsar Sites and other wetland protected areas. Integrating wetlands into planning and the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. Strengthening legal and policy arrangements to conserve all wetlands. Implementing Ramsar guidance to achieve wise use. Applying economic and financial incentives for communities and businesses. Ensuring participation of all stakeholders in wetland management. Improving national wetland inventories and tracking wetland extent. Download this publication.
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