Zuma in US ahead of UN address

2013-09-23 09:06
The headquarters of the United Nations in New York City. (Jason DeCrow, AP)

The headquarters of the United Nations in New York City. (Jason DeCrow, AP)

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Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in the United States for the 68th session of the United Nations general assembly in New York, the presidency said on Sunday.

Zuma would be addressing the general assembly on Tuesday on the progress made by South Africa on its 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDG) target.

“What is more impressive with the achievement of this target is that the proportion of girls attending primary, secondary and tertiary education has improved significantly," the presidency said.

"The attainment of the MDG target on education is significant for a number of reasons. Education is central to development and can serve as a catalyst to address gender disparities.

"Moreover, education is the primary vehicle by which vulnerable children can lift themselves out of poverty and obtain the means to participate meaningfully in the economy."

South Africa has eight goals to achieve: eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality and empower women; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV and Aids, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainabililty; and develop a global partnership for development.

Zuma said South Africa was making progress with its goals and that maternal and child mortality had reduced.

Mother-to-child transmission of HIV had gone down from 8.5% in 2008 to 2.7% in 2011, he said.

Zuma was travelling with International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane; Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula; and Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

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