ANC President Jacob Zuma visited the United States in late October 2008. He was reported to have reassured the business and political leadership that the situation in South Africa is stable., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
SOUTH AFRICA IN NEW YORK AS COUNTRY ASSUMES PRESIDENCY OFF UN SECURITY COUNCIL
UNITED NATIONS, Jan 12 (NNN-BUANEWS) -- President Jacob Zuma has arrived in New York to preside over South Africa assuming the presidency of the United Nations Security Council for the month of January.
The UNSC presidency rotates monthly among its member states alphabetically, and the Council is organized in such a way that it is able to function continuously.
The South African department of International Relations says South Africa will use its presidency to explore concrete measures to strengthen the relationship between the UN and regional organizations, in particular the African Union (AU), in the area of conflict prevention, management and resolution on the African continent.
"We will certainly take advantage of these important occasions to advance our international relations policy objectives, including supporting the African Agenda, South-South and North-South co-operation, with a view to promoting democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights," said President Zuma Wednesday.
President Zuma and President Tarja Halonen of Finland will co-chair the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP), which aims to formulate a new plan for achieving sustainable development and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other development objectives.
Since its establishment, the panel has explored approaches to growth that would translate into effective socio-economic development and poverty reduction.