Media Advisory

17 February 2022

Minister Pandor to participate in the 58th Edition of the Munich Security Conference

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will participate in the 58th Edition of the Munich Security Conference (MSC), in Germany, from 18 to 20 February 2022.

The MSC is an annual conference on international security that has taken place in Munich since 1963. 

It is the world’s largest gathering of its kind and is normally attended by Heads of State, Government and international organisations, Cabinet Ministers, parliamentarians and high-ranking representatives of the Armed Forces.

During the Conference, Minister Pandor will participate in and deliver the opening remarks at a Roundtable discussion on Pandemic Preparedness. The Roundtable aims to explore what reforms should be introduced and new instruments or initiatives should be developed to make sure that the world is better prepared for the next pandemic.

Minister Pandor will be joined on the panel by Mr Karl Lauterbach, the Minister of Health of Germany; Mr John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and by Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust.

Minister Pandor will also attend a breakfast engagement with female Foreign Ministers, which will be hosted by Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock of Germany and Foreign Minister Marise Payne of Australia.

The Breakfast engagement will focus on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

South Africa and Switzerland are the co-chairs of the WPS Network for 2022. Minister Pandor is also expected to have several bilateral engagements with other Foreign Ministers attending the Conference.

Minister Pandor is currently in Brussels, Belgium, accompanying President Ramaphosa to the Sixth African Union – European Union (AU – EU) Summit, taking place on 17 – 18 February 2022.

Enquiries: Lunga Ngqengelele – MLO – 082 566 0446

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