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Why South Korea should join the CPTPP (Peter A. Petri and Michael Plummer, Brookings)

With surprising applications from the United Kingdom, China, and Taiwan, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has moved to the center stage of East Asian geopolitics. But why is South Korea — long expected to be the first new member of the CPTPP — still missing from this list?

Why South Korea should join the CPTPP (brookings.edu)

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Afghanistan’s farmers, herders desperate for seed, food and cash (UN News)

“Catastrophic and famine-like conditions” hang over Afghanistan’s farmers and herders, whose needs continue to worsen with the onset of winter, UN humanitarians said on Friday.

Afghanistan’s farmers, herders desperate for seed, food and cash  | | UN News

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A Denser City, But at What Cost? (Jessica Bateman, Bloomberg)

Over the next decade, Tirana is poised for a dramatic makeover. In the center of the Albanian capital, modern high-rises are taking the place of the current mix of informally constructed and historic buildings, under a plan called Tirana 2030. The government says its aim is to stop urban sprawl by concentrating construction in the city’s core, and to turn Tirana into a greener city with bike lanes, more electric vehicles and forested areas encircling the center.

Tirana 2030 Design Plan Pits Density Against History – Bloomberg

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Africa’s youth lost out in Glasgow (Louise Fox, Brookings)

As the Glasgow COP26 meetings ended on Sunday, it quickly became clear that the region that will suffer the worst economic and social effects of rising temperatures—and that can least afford to cope with challenges climate change will bring—gained very little in Glasgow. Little agreement was reached on how to compensate African countries for the damage that centuries of fossil fuels and other emissions in rich countries will have on Africa’s development prospects owing to the current and future effects of climate change. The unfairness of the current situation—where today’s rich countries reached the highest levels of material welfare the world has ever seen primarily by harnessing cheap energy from fossil fuels, but most of the negative consequences of this strategy will fall on the world’s poorest countries—demands compensatory financing from the Global North to the Global South, especially Africa.

Africa’s youth lost out in Glasgow (brookings.edu)

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Commodity-linked bonds and Africa’s search for innovative financing (Joseph Atta-Mensah, Brookings)

Africa needs about $1.3 trillion a year to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. These needs include, for example, about $93 billion to $170 billion per year in investments for the promotion of adequate infrastructure, which doesn’t include the financing necessary for addressing the increasingly devastating impacts of climate change. Still, despite efforts to improve upon the mobilization of domestic revenues, Africa faces a huge financing gap to support its development agenda.

Commodity-linked bonds and Africa’s search for innovative financing (brookings.edu)

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Economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific is central to global progress (East Asia Forum)

Leaders of the 21 APEC economies met virtually on Friday and made progress on some of the biggest economic challenges facing the world: climate change and pandemic recovery. There was also agreement to defend the multilateral trading system — the scaffolding that holds together the global economy.

Economic cooperation in the Asia Pacific is central to global progress | East Asia Forum

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Why APEC still matters — more than ever (Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum)

The online APEC economic leaders meeting chaired by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the weekend underlines just why APEC still matters.

Why APEC still matters — more than ever | East Asia Forum

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Professional Associations: Assessing their Potential as Actors of Change (Arab Reform Initiative)

The Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) launched today its e-book entitled “Between the Importance of Roles and Challenges of Organization and Representation: Independent Professional Associations in the Arab world”. This e-book is part of ARI’s research efforts to better understand elements and conditions of change in the Arab world, as well as its main actors. Specifically, it sheds light on “independent” professional associations in order to understand their roles, the challenges they face, and the opportunities they are presented with in their attempt to organise their membership and the “street” more generally and contribute to peaceful power transitions.

Professional Associations: Assessing their Potential as Actors of Change – Arab Reform Initiative (arab-reform.net)

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Afghanistan: Mosque in Nangarhar province hit by blast (Al Jazeera)

An explosion has hit a mosque in the Spin Ghar area of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan during Friday prayers, killing at least three people and wounding 15 others, according to residents and Taliban officials.

A doctor at the local hospital told AFP news agency that at least three people have been killed. “So far three killed, 15 wounded,” the doctor said. Al Jazeera was unable to independently verify the toll.

Afghanistan: Mosque in Nangarhar province hit by blast | Taliban News | Al Jazeera

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