If Africa’s maritime territories are strengthened this will open the door to sustainable blue economy opportunities.
If African countries and their regional bodies want to reap substantially from the blue economy, then it's time for the continent to invest heavily in securing its maritime resources.
Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces on patrol following deadly fighting close to Malakal in October 16, 2016.
There’s still hope South Sudan can avoid becoming a full failed state. This will require radical changes in Juba's mindset and bolder action from regional and international players.
Graves of unidentified people killed during fighting in Juba, South Sudan, in 2016. There are fears the country could descend into genocide.
The world needs to take urgent steps to stop the threat of mass massacres in South Sudan with tough measures that must include direct legal and financial sanctions against the main protagonists.
Women flee into the United Nations civilian protection site in Juba. The capacity of UN peacekeepers to shield civilians is now in doubt.
If fighting continues and controversial policies are not reversed, it's only a matter of time before full scale fighting breaks out again in South Sudan.