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Vera Songwe

Vera Songwe

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Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, is Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa.

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  1. The Financial System Africa Needs
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    The Financial System Africa Needs

    Jul 13, 2022 Vera Songwe touts a broad array of measures that can support investment and improve debt sustainability on the continent.

  2. A New Model for African Health
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    A New Model for African Health

    May 20, 2022 Mariana Mazzucato & Vera Songwe propose a new holistic approach to designing policies, directing innovation, and investing in people.

  3. The COP26 Africa Needs
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    The COP26 Africa Needs

    Nov 1, 2021 Akinwumi A. Adesina, et al. propose a four-part financial and trade package to help the region tackle the climate crisis.

  4. A Better Normal for Africa
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    A Better Normal for Africa

    Jul 8, 2021 Vera Songwe explains what will be required to make the continent’s economies inclusive, green, and digital.

  5. The Unfinished Agenda of Financing Africa’s COVID-19 Response
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    The Unfinished Agenda of Financing Africa’s COVID-19 Response

    Sep 7, 2020 Brahima Coulibaly, et al. propose how to close a funding gap that could reach $100 billion annually for the next three years.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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