Deputy President Jacob Zuma arrives in Mauritius
African Deputy President Jacob Zuma arrived today - Wednesday, 12 January 2005
- in Port Louis, Mauritius ahead of the United Nations High-level Segment of the
International Meeting on the Comprehensive Review of the Barbados Programme of
Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
scheduled for Thursday - Friday, 13-14 January 2005.
Deputy President Zuma
is accompanied by Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Joyce Mabudafhasi.
On Friday, 14 January 2005, Deputy President Zuma will co-chair the round table
discussion, "Capacity Building and Technology Transfer."
of the SIDS has been highlighted by the effect of the Tsunami disaster on islands
like the Maldives and this will form an important part of the agenda.
Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) remains the basic blueprint for the sustainable
development of SIDS. The United Nations General Assembly, through the adoption
of Resolutions A/RES/57/262, A/RES/58/213 and A/RES/58/213B, endorsed the World
Summit on Sustainable Development's (WSSD's) call for a full and comprehensive
review of the implementation of the BPoA and decided that an International Meeting
for such a review be convened in Mauritius from 10 to 14 January 2005. As custodian
of the WSSD, South Africa closely follows the plight of SIDS and the sustainable
development of these states.
SIDS continue to face major challenges in
their development efforts due to problems associated with the depletion of their
non-renewable resources; limited natural resources, including fresh water; isolation
from international economies and markets and rising sea levels as a result of
During the last preparatory meeting in New York, the Group
of 77 and China presented new proposals on implementation that cover finance,
science, monitoring and governance. These proposals will be comprehensively discussed
Deputy President Jacob Zuma returns to South Africa on Saturday,
15 January 2005.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
12 January 2005