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South Africa: President Zuma to Lead a Delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government Meeting in Sri Lanka
Source: Issued by: Department of International Relations and Cooperation
Source Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 13, 2013

The theme for CHOGM 2013, developed by the host country, emphasises the importance of equity in economic development and that inclusive development should provide opportunities to all members of society.

Discussions at the meeting will cover a number of global issues affecting Commonwealth members including: the global financial crisis; attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Post-2015 Development Agenda; access to employment; youth unemployment; education; entrepreneurship; international trade and investment; the Doha Development Agenda of the WTO; and climate change financing.

Since the CHOGM held in Perth in 2011, the Commonwealth has made significant progress in the reform of the organisation as called for by the Heads of Government. Most of the recommendations by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) in their report “A Commonwealth of the People: Time for Urgent Reform”, including the strengthening of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) and the adoption of a Charter, were formally approved.

The Charter of the Commonwealth, a codification of the values and principles of the Organisation is a ground-breaking development for the Organisation and was signed by Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth, on 11 March 2013.

President Zuma will be accompanied by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. The Heads of Government Meeting will be preceded by the Pre-CHOGM Foreign Ministers Meeting on 13 to 14 November 2013, where Minister Nkoana-Mashabane will lead the South African delegation.

For further information please contact:
Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO
Cell: 082 884 5974
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