By – SAnews.gov.za
Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma will lead a South African delegation to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA70), the Presidency said on Tuesday.
“South Africa’s participation in the session will continue to work to achieve reform of the UN, specifically the Security Council, as well as to ensure that the selection and appointment process of the UN Secretary-General is brought in line with democratic practice,” the Presidency said.
This, as developing countries have been advocating for the reform of the UN system to make it more responsive to the interests and needs of the majority of its members, the developing countries.
The theme for the 70th session is “The United Nations at 70 – The Road Ahead for Peace, Security and Human Rights”.
The 70th session will among other things see the general debate which will take place from Monday, 28 September to 3 October 2015.
This will be preceded by the Sustainable Development Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda outcome document.
The new development agenda builds on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and will serve as the guiding global development framework for the next 15 years.
South Africa participated actively throughout the drafting process, primarily in its capacity as chair of the Group of 77 and China.
At the heart of Agenda 2030 is the set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 associated targets.
The goals cover all three dimensions of sustainable development such as ending poverty; ensuring healthy lives; ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education; achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls; conserving and sustainably using the oceans; seas and marine resources for sustainable development and addressing climate change.
“The SDGs contained in Agenda 2030 are aligned to South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP), as well as to the African Union’s Agenda 2063, and also seek to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” said the Presidency.
South Africa will be commemorating and celebrating the 70th session by thanking the UN for its support during the struggle for liberation. During the struggle, the UN issued a declaration of apartheid as a crime against humanity – which the South African government says was one of the most important milestones in the struggle for freedom.
President Zuma will be accompanied by several ministers, including International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu and Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.
Other ministers include Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa; Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini; Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi; Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo; Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele and the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo.