Pambazuka News 269: Ivory Coast: Dynamics of mediation

I found the Pambazuka News Special edition on Women and Trade very useful. I'm teaching a course at the University of Ottawa on gender, development and globalisation, which includes a session on trade and gender. I look forward to the appearance of the French version of this issue on the PZ site, so that I can direct my students to it.

The third newsletter provides information about the recent Plan of Action meeting held in July 2006 in Dakar, celebrates some successful outcomes from recent calls for action, and details about our latest publications.

Shaikha Haya bint Rashid Al Khalifa yesterday took over the presidency of the UN General Assembly from the outgoing president of the 192-member body, Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson.

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today told more than 2,500 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered in New York for their last annual meeting before his term ends in December that the support of civil society groups has been critical to his accomplishments.

Vice President Atiku Abubakar has taken the case against his indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Federal Government Admini-strative Panel of Inquiry to court, asking that it be quashed because it had no basis in law.