mai 24

Mali and the Sahel – finding the balance between security and development

24. mai, kl. 10:00-11:30

Ambassador and former Malian foreign minister Abdoulaye Diop comes to NUPI to discuss the balance between security and development in Mali and the broader Sahel region, and the balance between the priorities of external stakeholders and local needs.

The question that will be discussed in this seminar is if current approaches contains the right balance between security and development, and what balance there should be between the priorities of external stakeholders and the local needs in the region.

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mai 28

Libya: is the migrant crisis finally over?

28. mai, kl. 19:00-20:30
The Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime

Since 2013, hundreds of thousands of migrants have left Libya’s shores in overstuffed and unseaworthy boats, to seek asylum and opportunity in Europe. But this year, departures are down almost 75%, and there is cautious optimism among some governments that the crisis days when tens of thousands of migrants reached European shores each month might be over.

This public discussion by international expert, Mark Micallef of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, examines the question whether we can expect a sustainable end to the number of people crossing, and what the implications might be for Libya’s conflict, the safety of migrants in Libya, and the risks for the European states who have intervened.

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mai 30

Afrika Nå: Niger Delta oil spills - who are responsible?

30. mai, kl. 18:00-19:30
Fellesrådet for Afrika
Facebook event

The successive oil spills in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria over the last decades have destroyed the local fishery, the drinking water and the opportunity to cultivate land. But who is responsible? Is it solely the Nigerian government? What about oil companies operating in the area? The Norwegian pension fund has shares in Shell that is operating in the Delta - should they be held responsible? And what about the local groups sabotaging the oil infrastructure? 

The cleanup process is estimated to take at least 30 years before all the swamps, fishing grounds and mangroves are restored. An agreement on the cleanup was signed in Nigeria in 2015, but to date nothing much has happened. If different parties are responsible for the oil spills, should they also be held responsible for the oil spill cleanup process? 

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