Celebrating the National Day of the Republic of Korea
Ambassador Yeon Ho Choi and Mrs Youngja Shim hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day and Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Korea. They are pictured with Ms Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport for South Africa. Addressing guests Ambassador Yeon Ho Choi said that he noticed more similarities than differences between South Africa and Korea. "I can see the power and dynamic energy shared by the two countries. I can also see the future of our two countries, with a strategic partnership in various fields," he said.
Palestinian flag raised outside United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time
30 September 2015
As the Palestinian flag was raised outside United Nations Headquarters in New York for the first time, President Mahmoud Abbas appealed to the General Assembly for support to see an independent State of Palestine take its rightful place among the community of nations.
“We will not accept temporary solutions or a fragmented State. We seek to form a national unity government that functions according to the programme of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and we seek to hold presidential and legislative elections,” Mr. Abbas told Member States gathered for the third day of the Assembly’s annual general debate.
Celebrating the 66th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China
Remarks by H.E. Ambassador TIAN Xuejun at the reception
29 September 2015
Today, we are gathered here to warmly celebrate the 66th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The founding of new China 66 years ago ushered in a new era of the development of the Chinese nation. Since then, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the Chinese people have made concerted efforts to bring about earth-shaking changes in China and have obtained historic achievements. Especially since China’s reform and opening up more than 30 years ago, China’s economy has grown at an average rate of 9.8% annually, which has created a “miracle of growth” in the history of world economy.
Organisation for African First Ladies against HIV/AIDS meet on side lines of the UN General Assembly
29 September 2015
The 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York City opened with a strong call from a number of African states for the reform of the United Nations Security Council. During his speech to the General Assembly, President Jacob Zuma commended the UN on the good progress made on human rights, rule of law, governance and gender quality but stated that it was “unacceptable” that no African state has a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. “Currently one billion people remain excluded from the UN Security Council. The UN cannot pretend that the world has not changed since 1945. We are not colonised. We are free sovereign states,” he added.
Madame Tobeka Zuma, First Lady of South Africa, was in attendance at the UN General Assembly during the President’s speech. She is currently in New York to continue to advocate on a global stage for issues close to her heart: women’s health, particularly breast and cervical cancer and HIV.
South African Embassy in Athens celebrates Heritage Day
22 September 2015
“Our knowledge, our heritage: Towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s living heritage”
The South African Embassy in Athens once again invited guests to celebrate Heritage Day and showcase South Africa’s rich cultural heritage and diversity which is widely recognised as the “rainbow nation”. In celebration of this year’s theme it is highly essential to acknowledge that “heritage is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity”.
Former US President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton Open CGIs 2015 annual Meeting
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor
Former President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton opened the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting on 27th September 2015 in New York City.
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting brought together more than 1,000 world leaders from the philanthropic, business, and government sectors, who have created Commitments to Action that tackle issues like education, poverty, the environment, health and girls and women’s empowerment.
The Meeting will be held from September 26 to 29.
Timor Leste at Gauteng Carnival
The Gauteng Carnival took place on 24 September 2015 and saw 23000 participants sing and dance their way through the streets of Tshwane. It was a colourful celebration of diversity as many people lined the streets.
Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Timor-Leste in South Africa, Ms Josefina Tilman, was excited to participate and represent her country at the Carnival. She and her staff joined the parade behind the Timor Leste flag donning t-shirts reflecting their island nation.
In September 2015 France coordinated investment promotion seminars in 50 countries world-wide. In South Africa H.E Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France to South Africa presented ‘say yes to France’. She also announced the opening of a ‘French Desk’ at the French governmental investment and trade agency, Business France. Philip Geromont, Chair of the French SA Chamber of Commerce and Director of ENS an African law firm spoke of the excellent legal environment, the ease of setting up business and the protection of investment.
Photo: (l-r) Dorcas Curelli - Business Developer & Events Manager at FSACCI, J. Torregrossa - French Trade Commissioner - Business France, Mrs E. Barbier - Ambassador of France to South Africa, S. Boscher - Head of the Regional Economic Department for Southern Africa, P. Mellier – CEO de Beers, Ms K. Kweyama – CEO BUSA, Philip Geromont, Chair of the French SA Chamber of Commerce, C. Des Closières – CEO Total South Africa and C. Sarradin - Project manager inward investment - Business France
Japan's commitment to train South African artisans welcomed
22 September 2015
The South African Presidency has welcomed the commitment by the Japanese government to provide training to South African artisans who will make an important contribution to infrastructure development in the country.
On Tuesday, Ambassador of Japan, Shigeyuki Hiroki (l), presented Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with a Letter of Intent outlining Japan's initiative to provide training to South African artisans. Mr Sachio Kaneki, Chairman, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industries in SA is pictured shaking hands with Ramaphosa.
MDGs in Vietnam within 15 years
“The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN’s history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights." - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for UN70.
15 years have passed since the UN Member States endorsed the Millennium Declaration in September 2000, and the Millennium Development Goals – MDGs have become common foundation for the development and the way for member countries to work together with their partners to pursue a shared future. Therefore, the coming 70-year establishment anniversary of the General Assembly is an opportunity to monitor what has been done by all nations world-wide for their future.
Ties that bind - Jamaica and South Africa
South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Montego Bay on Saturday, 19 September 2015, on her Working Visit to Jamaica, scheduled for 20-22 September 2015. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane addressed the International Women’s Forum (IWF) on Sunday, 20 September 2015, under the theme: “Phenomenal Women.” The Minister held bilateral consultations with her counterpart, the Honourable Arnold J. Nicholson, QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Jamaica’s Capital, Kingston.
Pictured is Minister Nkoana-Mashabane paying a courtesy call on the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honourable Portia Simpson Miller, O.N, M.P.