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International Public Art Festival in Cape Town

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The second annual International Public Art Festival will be held in Salt River, Cape Town from 10-19 February 2018. The festival is an initiative of NGO Baz' Art, with the aim to create greater awareness of public art and also to use it as a medium to educate, uplift and inspire the public. This edition boasts an eclectic mix of international and local street artists, as they interpret this year’s theme of “Nature Doesn’t Need Us: We Need Nature.” One of the artists is the Flemish street artist ROA, best known for painting birds and animals in an urban environment.

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Flemish Children's Rights Commissioner visits South Africa and Mozambique

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 The Flemish Children’s Rights Commissioner, Bruno Vanobbergen, visited South Africa and Mozambique from 28 November to 2 December. The visit was aimed at exchanging ideas and experiences on a children's rights policy, the instruments and the monitoring mechanisms. To this end, Mr Vanobbergen held a number of meetings with government departments, ngo's and international organisations. He also went on a number of field visits to see the children's rights approaches of these organisations on the ground.

SA Land Observatory launched

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On Thursday 24 November, the South African Land Observatory was launched at a workshop in Pretoria. The SA Land Observatory was developed by the University of Pretoria’s Post-Graduate School of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Centre for the Study of Governance Innovations. The Observatory is an independent instrument used to collect, map and monitor land-related processes and activities in South Africa, including the right to land, agricultural production and aspects of food security.

11,25 million for international climate finance

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Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels Capital Region will donate 11 million euro to the Adaptation Fund, of which Flanders will provide 6,25 million euro. This was announced by Minister Schauvliege on 17 November at the Climate Conference in Marrakesh. This international UN fund supports developing countries in adapting to climate change. In addition to this contribution, the Government of Flanders pledged a further 5 million euro on 18 November towards three innovative climate projects in Africa.

25 years of cooperation between the ILO and Flanders

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On Thursday 10 November, the ILO Country office for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland and the General Representation fo the Government of Flanders in Southern Africa celebrated over 2 decades of cooperation with a celebration dinner to mark this "silver wedding anniversary". Guests included past and present project beneficiaries, government officials and members of the diplomatic community. A lively, interactive followed during which guests shared personal memories and testmonies of past projects which were captured on paper by graphic artist Grant Johnson of Graphic Harvest CT.
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