PRETORIA – President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead a strong South African delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.
It will be Ramaphosa’s inaugural participation in the United Nations General Assembly as president.
He will participate in the annual general debate, which is the occasion for world leaders to gather at the UN headquarters to discuss global issues.
The general debate will be preceded by the unveiling of a statue of former president Nelson Mandela and the historic Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, in honour of the centenary of the birth of South Africa’s first democratically elected president.
The Presidency said Ramaphosa’s inaugural UN address is expected to outline South Africa’s domestic and foreign policy goals and priorities.
These include the country’s land reform programme aimed at fostering greater stability, inclusiveness and transformation within the South African economy.
Ramaphosa is further expected to lay out South Africa’s priorities for its two-year term as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council from 2019 to 2020.
Ramaphosa will be accompanied by Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene and Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi.