President Thabo Mbeki expected later today in New York for the
Millennium Development Summit and UNGA60
New York- President and Mrs. Thabo
Mbeki is expected later today, Tuesday 13 September 2005, here in New York to
lead the South African government delegation to the Millennium Development Summit
and the 60th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly scheduled for
The Millennium Development Summit is expected to consider progress
made thus far in meeting millennium development goals including the objective
of reducing poverty by half, reduction of infant mortality rate and achieving
universal primary education.
The 60th Session of the UN General Assembly
on the other hand is expected to consider a package of recommendations on the
comprehensive reform of the United Nations system including UN Security Council
as well as international finance mechanisms in support of development.
Mbeki's delegation includes Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini
Zuma, Ambassadors Dumisani Kumalo, Barbara Masekela, and Director-General of Foreign
Affairs, Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, Ambassador George Nene, Titus Mafolo, Adv. Mojanku
Gumbi and Trevor Fowler
President Mbeki and Minister Dlamini Zuma will later
today, attend a meeting of Heads of State on the Burundi Regional Initiative hosted
by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on the
conclusion of the transitional period and the consolidation of peace in Burundi.
meeting is expected to be attended by leaders of Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Rwanda, Zambia, representatives
of the African Union, and delegates of the donor community (Netherlands/European
Union) as well as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Burundi
and Head of the UN Operation in Burundi.
In addition, President Mbeki and
Minister Dlamini Zuma will also attend the meeting of African Heads of State who
represented the continent during the G8 Summit held in Gleneagles in Scotland
earlier this year including Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania.
number of bilateral requests for meetings with President Mbeki have been received.
Among others, President Mbeki is expected later today to hold discussions with
former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa
at +27 82-990-4853
C/o South African Mission
New York, 13 September