President Thabo Mbeki to Address the UN Millennium Review Summit

New York - South African President Thabo Mbeki will join UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, US President George Bush and other international leaders to address the UN Millennium Review Summit scheduled for Wednesday 14 September 2005 in New York. Other speakers include the co-chairs of the Summit, the Prime Minister and President of Sweden and Gabon respectively.

President Mbeki, accompanied by Mrs. Zanele Mbeki, is currently leading a South African Government delegation including among others Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to the UN Review Summit and the 60th Session of the Un General Assembly scheduled for this week.

The UN Millennium Review Summit is expected to take stock of progress achieved in five years since the adoption of the Millennium Declaration Goals as agreed to by world leaders in the year 2000 including reduction of poverty and infant mortality rate as well as the universal primary education.

The UN Millennium Review Summit is expected to adopt an outcome document that commit countries to action in the inter-related fields of development and poverty eradication, peace and security and human rights which are the three pillars of the UN system.

In a related summit, President Mbeki will address the International Conference on Financing for Development scheduled for later during the day at the UN Headquarters.

A series of bilaterals are also on the cards for President Mbeki and his delegation including discussions with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Prime Minister of Canada, Paul Martin, President of Mexico Vicente Fox Quesada; President Jorge Sampaio of Portugal and the UN high Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.

President Mbeki and Minister Dlamini Zuma will also attend the strategic trilateral India-Brazil and South Africa meeting with Presidents of Brazil Lula da Silva and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India.

This will be followed by an African Union Peace and Security Council meeting to discuss the current situation in Cote d' Ivoire. South Africa is the current Chairperson of the AU Peace and Security Council.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at +27 82-990-4853

South African Mission
New York

14 September 2005

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