Minister Dlamini Zuma to address the UN Durban Review Conference on behalf of the African Group, in Geneva, Switzerland 20 April 2009
Geneva: South African Foreign Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will today, Monday 20 April 2009, deliver a statement on behalf of the African Group during the High – Level segment of the UN Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. The Conference is scheduled from today 20-24 April 2009.

Minister Dlamini Zuma is leading the South African Government delegation including SA’s Ambassador to Geneva Dr. Glaudine Mtshali, Xolisa Mabhongo as well as senior government officials from the Presidency and the Department of Justice, to the UN’s Durban Review Conference, within the context of South Africa’s conviction that the multilateral system of global governance remains the hope in tackling challenges facing humanity today.

The UN Durban Review Conference is convening under the theme “United Against Racism, Dignity and Justice for all”. The Conference is convened with a view to:

  • Review progress and assess the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DPPA)
  • Provide an opportunity to assess and accelerate progress on implementation of measures adopted at the 2001 World Conference Against Racism in Durban (WCAR)
  • Identify gaps on implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, (DPPA)
  • Enable Governments and civil society to share and benefit from good practices,
  • Provide an opportunity to outline concrete ways to make a difference on the ground.
  • The Durban Review Conference is also a vital step in reaffirming not only that racism exists in all countries, but that it is the responsibility of all governments and societies to address it.

South Africa attaches great importance to the Durban Review Conference as it seeks to help the international community recommit to practical measures to address the scourge of racism and racial discrimination.

While progress has been made in some areas to implement the outcome of the 2001 World Conference against Racism, Xenophobia and Related Intolerances (WCAR), the international community still faces major challenges in the fight against racism. Amongst others, there has been disturbing incidents of racism and racial intolerance in many countries.

It is for this reason that the UN Durban Review Conference is expected to stress the need for the international community to exercise the necessary and continued vigilance in pursuit of the noble ideas that were agreed to during the WCAR.
For more information contact Nomfanelo Kota at 082-459-3787

Issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag x 152

20 April 2009



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