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The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol was held in the sunny city of Durban, South Africa.

 

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South Africa elected to the ECOSOC

9 November 2012

Pretoria - South Africa was, on the 8th of November 2012, overwhelmingly elected by the Members of the UN General Assembly to the 47-Member Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. ECOSOC is one of the Principal Organs of the United Nations alongside the Security Council and General Assembly. South Africa finishes its two-year non-renewable, non-permanent membership of the Security Council on 31st December 2012 and immediately assumes the membership of ECOSOC on the 1st January 2013. South Africa last served in ECOSOC in 2004 to 2006.  Read full media statement.


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Statement by H. E. Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa at the Debate of the United Nations Security Council on the Situation in the Middle East, 26 September 2012.  South Africa expresses its appreciation to Germany, particularly to our colleague, Minister Mr Guido Westerwelle, for organizing this timely debate which provides an opportunity for us to reflect on the peace and security situation in the Middle East especially in light of the current events taking place in the region.

President Zuma congratulates Sudan and South Sudan on agreements reached.  President Jacob Zuma lauds the efforts of President Omar Al-Bashir and President Salva Kiir Mayardit on delivering a mutually agreed comprehensive settlement on security, soft borders, oil transportation and economic cooperation, as mediated by the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP).

President JG Zumas Remarks at the UN Secretary-Generals Mini Summit on Somalia, New York, 26 September 2012.  I wish at the outset to congratulate my dear brother, H.E. Hassan Sheik Mohamoud on being elected President of Somalia. I look forward to working with you President Hassan, in both bilateral and in multilateral settings as we strengthen the South Africa-Somalia relationship and collaborate within the multilateral fora on matters of mutual interest.

President Jacob Zumas Remarks to the Launch of the UN Secretary-Generals Global Initiative on Education, New York, US, 26 September 2012. Thank you for inviting South Africa to participate in this crucial initiative on global education. This initiative is a demonstration of the high political will and commitment by you Mr Secretary-General, to support the implementation of the internationally agreed goals and commitments with regard to education.

BRICS Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Statement to the Press.  The BRICS Ministers for Foreign Affairs met in New York on September 26th, 2012, on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly and discussed among other issues the situation in Syria.

Statement by the Deputy Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development to the 21st Session of the Human Rights Council, Mr Andries Nel, MP on the occasion of the Adoption of South Africas Second Universal Periodic Report presented on 21 September 2012. My delegation and I convey to this 21s Session of the Working Group of the Human Rights Council on the Universal Periodic Review warm greetings from the government and people of South Africa.

Statement by President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa to the General Debate of the 67th Session of the General Assembly, New York, 25 September 2012. Theme: Bringing about Adjustment or Settlement of International Disputes or Situations by Peaceful Means. Thank you Mr President, for the opportunity to address the 67th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Address by President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa to the High Level Meeting of the 67th Session of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law at the National and International Levels, UN Headquarters in New York, 24 September 2012.  Thank you for this opportunity to participate in this important discussion. South Africas foreign policy is geared towards the vision of creating a better South Africa and contributing to a better Africa and a better world.

Address by President Jacob Zuma to the High Level Event on Womens access to Justice on the margins of the UN General Assembly, New York, 24 September 2012. It is a great honour for South Africa to jointly co-host this high-level event on Womens Access to Justice in collaboration with our esteemed co-hosts, the Republic of Finland and UN Women.This gathering of world leaders and decision-makers presents an important occasion to reflect on the critical issues relating to womens access to justice.

President Zuma arrives in New York for the UN General Assembly.  President Jacob Zuma has arrived today in New York to attend the 67thSession of the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA67). The theme of the UNGA General Debate is: Bringing about Adjustment or Settlement of International Disputes of Situations by Peaceful Means.

President Zuma leads South African delegation to the UN General Assembly.  His Excellency President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to lead a South African delegation to the 67th Session of the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA67). The theme for General Debate is: Bringing about Adjustment or Settlement of International Disputes of Situations by Peaceful Means.