President Jacob Zuma to lead South African Delegation to Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, 12-13 April 2010.

His Excellency President Jacob Zuma will lead the South African delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit scheduled for 12-13 April 2010 at the Walter E Washington Convention Centre, in Washington D.C. South Africa will be among forty four (44) States to participate in the Summit at the invitation of President Barack Obama of the United States of America.

South Africa participates in the Nuclear  Security Summit within the context of strengthening the global governance system as the most effective mechanism to deal with global challenges, and re-emphasizing the centrality of the UN. In this regard terrorism constitutes one of the major threats to international peace and security. The South African Government’s view is that the threat of international terrorism is real and remains a danger to the citizens of the world as no country is immune to it.

It is anticipated that the Summit will be organized around four themes namely:

  1. Threat of nuclear terrorism and Illicit Trafficking;
  2. National actions to mitigate the threat of nuclear terrorism and secure nuclear material and Prevent Illicit Trafficking;
  3. The role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Nuclear Security; and
  4. International actions to mitigate the threat of nuclear terrorism and secure nuclear material and Prevent Illicit Trafficking.

The Summit is expected to issue a Communiqué and adopt a Work Plan which will be the final product of three Sherpa meetings, held in November 2009 in Washington, December 2009 in Tokyo and February 2010 in The Hague. South Africa’s Sherpa is Ambassador AS Minty.
President Jacob Zuma will be supported by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Energy, Ms Dipuo Peters, Minister of State Security Mr. Siyabonga Cwele and Deputy Director-General in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Abdul Samad Minty.

From Washington D.C. President Jacob Zuma is expected to travel to Brazil to participate in the India-Brazil-South Africa Summit scheduled for 15 April 2010.

For more information contact Chief Director for Public Diplomacy, Mr. Saul Molobi on 082  940 1647

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Private Bag X152
10 April 2010


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