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  22 September 2016 Issue 183 - Visa free travel

 

 

 

 

 


 

Light Speed – Solar Car Race

 
The Lodz Solar Team, a group of students from Lodz University of Technology in Poland will participate in the Solar Challenge South Africa. They will compete with 14 local and international teams racing their solar powered cars from Pretoria to Cape Town, a distance of 2000km over eight days, from  24 September to 1October 2016. (http://www.solarchallenge.org.za)
H.E. Anna Raduchowska-Borchwicz,  Ambassador of Poland to South Africa hosted the students at her residence where they made a presentation of their unique vehicle. They placed 6th in the Australia challenge in 2015 and received the best performing team and safest car awards.
Many of the students are in South Africa for the first time and have hosted several workshops on photo voltaic technology.
 
 
 


 

Argentina and Brazil: 25th anniversary of a strategic landmark in nuclear cooperation

 
By Susana Malcorra and José Serra*

On 18 July, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the signature by Argentina and Brazil of the Guadalajara Agreement for the Exclusively Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy. Among other innovations, the Agreement provides for the creation of the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC), for the purpose of verifying the commitment undertaken by Argentina and Brazil to unequivocally pursue the exclusively peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to administrate the Common System of Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials.

A few months later, in December 1991, the two countries signed the Quadripartite Agreement with the ABACC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It was the first time that Argentina and Brazil negotiated with an international organization as a single delegation. In a short period of time, the fundamental framework of the strategic bilateral relationship between Argentina and Brazil was developed, favouring an atmosphere of peace, mutual trust, and cooperation between the two countries that still endures.
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs

 
New York, September 20, 2016
In a meeting on the sidelines of the 71st United Nations General Assembly meeting BRICS members expressed concern that continued conflicts in several regions provided "fertile" grounds for terrorist activities.
The meeting of BRICS' Ministers of Foreign Affairs also reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive reform of the United Nations, including its Security Council, with a view to make it more representative and efficient, besides calling for "collective action" to boost world economic growth.
Brazil's Jose Serra, Russia's Sergey Lavrov, India's Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, China's Wang Yi and South Africa's Maite Nkoana-Mashabane reiterated their "strong condemnation" of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
At the meeting the Ministers underlined the marked progress achieved since the first Meeting of Foreign Ministers on the margins of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2006, in deepening the BRICS strategic partnership based on the principles of openness, solidarity, equality and mutual understanding, inclusiveness and mutually beneficial cooperation.
 
 
 

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