"This edition (Issue 7) focuses on the Treaty of Pelindaba and recent developments in its implementation including the establishment of its compliance body, the African Commission on Nuclear Energy (AFCONE) and progress made by both the US and the Russian Federation in ratifying the Protocols attached to the Treaty which are of relevance to them. The Treaty declares Africa a zone free of nuclear weapons seeking to ensure that nuclear weapons are not developed, produced, tested, or otherwise acquired or stationed anywhere on the African continent or its associated islands. Importantly, it also facilitates the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes on the continent."