SA President Ramaphosa skips second UN Summit for domestic matters

As world leaders converge in New York this September for the United Nations General Assembly, South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa will not be there. This would have been his second UN Summit ever since he became president.
South Africa’s Presidency has announced that President Ramaphosa is to stay back home to concentrate on critical issues in the country.
To this effect he has delegated, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor to lead South Africa’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
He is staying back home to attend to the implementation of government’s urgent measures on gender-based violence, the restoration of order and stability in areas affected by public violence, and to oversee initiatives to turn around the economy.
Last week, South Africa was hit by a wave of violence and looting in the Gauteng Province and high-profile incidents of gender-based violence, which overshadowed the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting held in Cape Town, where SA was hoping to showcase itself and attract much-needed investment.
Ramaphosa had to abandon his duties at the WEF to address protesters against gender-based violence in Cape Town. He also addressed the nation about the incidents.
Prior to this there was criticism levelled against the president over alleged inaction regarding the xenophobic violence in Gauteng and the attacks on women.
Over the next few days and weeks, President Ramaphosa will be meeting communities, civil society and structures of government on concrete actions to address public concerns and challenges.
The Presidency quotes President Ramaphosa to have said “this is a time for leadership from across society to mobilise their respective constituencies in support of economic progress and rebuilding the social and moral fabric of society. Government is stepping up its own contribution to this collective effort.”
The General Assembly meets annually in regular session, intensively from September to December, and resumes in January until all issues on the agenda are addressed – which often is just before the next session starts.
During the sessions, world leaders gather at UN Headquarters to discuss global issues in the annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly.
Over the six days debate period this year from September 24 to September 30, all 193 UN Member States, as well as three observers will deliver a statement in the General Assembly Hall.


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *