President Jacob Zuma has today, 27 October 2011, arrived in Perth, Australia, ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government MeetingCHOGM) scheduled to take place from 28 to 30 October 2011. The CHOGM meets under the theme: “Building National Resilience, Building Global Resilience”.The meeting will focus on food security, climate change, mining for development, polio eradication, sustainable development as well as strengthening the Commonwealth institutionally, including through promoting Commonwealth values such as democracy, the rule of law and human rights.
The items under discussion at the meeting are in line with South Africa’s Constitution and South Africa’s foreign policy objectives. South Africa supports the reform of global political and economic organisations. As incoming President of the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) serving as the Conference of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, CHOGM 2011 is of great importance to South Africa to interact on the issue of climate change.
As well as participating in the CHOGM, President Zuma will take advantage of the meeting to hold bilateral discussions with his counterparts from various Commonwealth countries on matters of mutual concern.President Zuma’s delegation includes International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and senior government officials.