Together with think tanks from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine we have launched a project devoted to countering pro-Kremlin disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe. We are going to monitor online media, searching for common patterns and key subjects undergoing manipulation. We will try to capture similarities and differences in disinformation strategies tailored at individual countries participating in the project. Conclusions from comparative research, as well as recommendations how to counter propaganda, will be presented in a report distributed to decision-makers from our region, the EU and NATO. The project is co-financed with Visegrad Fund.

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Africa is one of the most dynamically developing continent in the present-day world. Among 13 rapidly developing economies in 2015, six of them were from Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda. According to the World Bank, Africa might be now entering a path of rapid growth similar to that of China 30 years ago and India 20 years later. Africa’s economic forecasts for the next decades are clear – the continent Gross Domestic Product might grow by 7% annually. - writes dr Małgorzata Bonikowska - President of Centre for International Relations - in the text entitled Africa Even Closely published in the special edition of Polish Makret.

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UNCTAD sessions have provided an opportunity for United Nations Member States to work together to redress economic inequalities in trade, finance, technology and investment. Today, with a global trade slowdown and declines in commodity prices, this issue is again a hot button development issue. But beyond trade, a bigger and more complex set of questions challenges the international community. Vulnerability today derives not only from volatile markets, or from social instability, but also from a fragile global environment weakened by climate change. - said Ban Ki-moon - Secretary General of the United Nations, while opening the UNCTAD14 session in Nairobi, Kenia.

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