Dlamini Zuma departs for Socialist International Conference

Monday, September 21, 2009

Pretoria - Minister of Home Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has departed for New York, were she will lead a delegation to the Socialist International Conference as well as attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Minister Dlamini Zuma is attending the conference in her capacity as a commissioner serving on the Socialist International's Commission on a Sustainable World.

The commission is expected to deliver a report to the head of the organisation, as a follow up to a meeting of the organisation held in South Africa earlier this year hosted by then President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister Dlamini Zuma.

The New York conference is also expected to discuss global warming and climate change, the socialist democratic platform for a sustainable world society, the global financial crisis and the forthcoming G20 summit.

Proceedings are expected to be chaired by the co-chairs of the Commission, Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile and a Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General on climate change, and Goran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden.

The minister will then attend the opening session of the UN General Assembly which is scheduled for Wednesday, along with President Jacob Zuma and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana Mashabane.