“AFRICA CAN BE BETTER, SOUTH AFRICA CAN BE BETTER, LET’S NOT SETTLE FOR ANYTHING LESS THAN EXCELLENCE.”
crises and armed conflicts and unlawful actions by governments in the name of presenting public order and national security. Africa can be better, South Africa can be better, let’s not settle for anything less than excellence.” From 1998 to 2008, Kumi Naidoo was Secretary General of Civicus, an international alliance for citizen participation. Recently, he has led the Global Call for Climate
Action, which brings together environmental, aid, religious and human rights groups, labour unions, scientists and others and has organised mass demonstrations around climate negotiations. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie UK Trust in 2009; an Advisory Counsel for the Women’s Learning Partnership; a Director of Food and Trees for Africa; Director
of Earth Rights for Africa; and Chairperson of the Partnership for Transparency Fund. His contribution to civil society has included the advocacy of both local and international issues pertaining to human rights for increased ambitions from governments to cap emissions and vigorously move towards an energy sector based on renewables meant to help humanity avoid catastrophic climate change.
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