Zuma, min­is­ters head­ing for the UN

The Citizen (KZN) - - NEWS - Cape Town

– President Ja­cob Zuma will at­tend the 72nd ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly next week to par­tic­i­pate in a gen­eral de­bate on peace and sus­tain­abil­ity, his of­fice said yes­ter­day.

The president of the ses­sion is Slo­vakian For­eign Min­is­ter Miroslav La­jcák, who has an­nounced that the theme of the de­bate will be “Fo­cus­ing on Peo­ple: Striv­ing for Peace and a De­cent Life for all on a Sus­tain­able Planet”.

Zuma will be ac­com­pa­nied by the min­is­ters of in­ter­na­tional re- la­tions, state se­cu­rity, de­fence, en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs and wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion on the six-day trip to New York.

On the side­lines of the Gen­eral As­sem­bly, he will host an event in hon­our of the late ANC president Oliver Tambo, who was born a cen­tury ago, on Wed­nes­day.

The as­sem­bly is the first to take place un­der the new sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the United Na­tions, An­tónio Guter­res, who be­gan his term in Jan­uary.

“Guter­res iden­ti­fied his ma­jor pri­or­ity as the achieve­ment of sus­tain­able peace and se­cu­rity through con­flict preven­tion by es­tab­lish­ing a ‘cul­ture of preven­tion’ in the UN, which South Africa fully sup­ports,” the pres­i­dency said.

Zuma will sign the Treaty on the Pro­hi­bi­tion of Nu­clear Weapons on Septem­ber 20. He will also par­tic­i­pate in a de­bate con­vened by Ethiopian Prime Min­is­ter Haile­mariam De­salegn, who holds the ro­tat­ing pres­i­dency of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for Septem­ber, on the re­form of UN peace­keep­ing mis­sions. – ANA

Pic­ture: Neil Mc­Cart­ney

ON SIDE­LINES. The president will also host an event hon­our­ing Oliver Tambo.

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