Zuma back from Rio conference

2012-06-23 13:18

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma arrived back from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday where he attended the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the presidency said.

Issues including energy, the green economy, financing for development, water, poverty eradication, sustainable consumption and production were negotiated, spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

Parties agreed to take action to advance sustainable development in those areas.

Key achievements central to South Africa's negotiating position included a commitment to establishing a set of sustainable development goals that should be in keeping with the United Nations Development Agenda beyond 2015, he said.

It also included the establishment of an intergovernmental process, under the UN General Assembly, to assess financing needs and consider the effectiveness and consistency of existing financial instruments. The purpose of the process, to be set up by 2014, was to create an effective sustainable development financing strategy.

"The conference outcomes have refocused the attention of world leaders to the daunting challenges of addressing global poverty, inequality, and the deterioration state of the environment and human development," said Maharaj.

This would be done through adopting a political declaration and a framework for action.

The conference ran from June 20 to June 22.

Zuma was accompanied by several Cabinet members, including Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

  • nthabiseng.monareng - 2012-06-23 13:29

    Who cares?

      philani.goba - 2012-06-23 13:31

      you should!

      christopher.phago - 2012-06-23 13:59

      Even me I don't care.

      christopher.phago - 2012-06-23 14:02

      Me 2 I don't care cos this zumania is careless some s his nec

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-23 15:07

      I care, how many woman is going to be speared as part of the homecoming celebrations that will result in additional leaches that the taxpayer must feed?

      Squeegee - 2012-06-23 15:53

      What did this jaunt cost?

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-23 13:39

    This sort of conference was right up our president's alley. He is fond of waxing lyrical over plans and ideas. Implementation, however, seems to be his biggest downfall. Let's hope that he can follow through on the resolutions agreed to at the conference. Is it just me, however, or does it seem that Mr Zuma is spending more time on polishing his image abroad, tham on trying to improve his image with his own people?

      alf.pop - 2012-06-23 14:39

      Yes our baldilocks loves the limelight. A pity most of the time he does not understand what is going on anyway, buty his bosses from China will tell him what he has to think! As for honest Mac, why was he there? Trying to introduce tolling systems to UN member states, because in South Africa it did not quite work out?

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-23 17:20

      Most astounding was the speech he made, complaining that since Rio 1992, during which many promises were made, nothing has been done. He actually made that speech with a straight face

  • Oom - 2012-06-23 13:40

    So what will change now...??? More free water and electricity for the anc, I hope not. Let’s wait and see what becomes of this lekker trip to Rio. I really hope that we see some form of education amongst the masse on this important point. I have tried and tried to teach my fellow workers about saving water and recycling to save the environment, but they just don’t get it. Let’s hope the schools will teach young kids more about these important things. I don’t expect much will change though..

      christopher.phago - 2012-06-23 13:58

      He's back to campaign 4 mangaung n I wish him bad luck cos he's serving individual.I'm tired of this cANCer's guys

  • ivan.frantz.3 - 2012-06-23 13:41

    A nice overseas outing for all involved, but what did they learn and agree to, and will they really put these issues into action ???

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-23 13:42

    SA salutes you Mr President, you work damn hard for us !!!

      christopher.phago - 2012-06-23 14:05

      I don't c president there'I jst c corruption n womanizer

      Juan - 2012-06-23 14:05

      Yeah four wives must be hard work lol

      Irene - 2012-06-23 14:18

      ROTFLMAO! Shame.

      pisciotta - 2012-06-23 14:32

      Anthony - please don't make SA look worse to the world by your comments.

      colin.dovey - 2012-06-23 14:55

      Nero fiddled whilst Rome burned too.........

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-23 16:00

      Yeah, he works hard making babies with many wives.

  • christopher.phago - 2012-06-23 13:48

    I don't mind he's back or not'what now about dictator.He not my president.He's SACP's president cos he's serving their interest

  • teboho.ratsatsinyane.9 - 2012-06-23 13:59

    Well come bãck, its time to face and solve our problems. The following months will be heavy on him, I hope he enjoyed the break from SA politics.

      christopher.phago - 2012-06-23 14:16

      He went 2 brazil 2 avoid the youth of south africa on the 16th.Brazil is not better than the youth of south africa cos the youth of this country r unemployed,they need 2 to be motivated by him.He jst run away 2 give 16 billion while the youth r unemployed.who knows about that 16 billion,maybe he invested 4 himself.

  • olebogeng.diratsagae - 2012-06-23 14:15

    so what?

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-23 14:16

    All sponsored by the taxpayer and they dont even thank us.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-06-23 16:06

      stop that mentality, he also pays tax. So that comment is invalid.

  • Irene - 2012-06-23 14:19

    So the clown returns to the circus.

      pisciotta - 2012-06-23 14:27

      Irene: LOL - you're good!

      Willem JE Smit - 2012-06-23 15:16

      Irene I think he is the Ring Master.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-23 14:20

    Hehehe there are some educated comments here heybo eish......

  • pisciotta - 2012-06-23 14:26

    Just looking at the pic attached to this article. To whom is he laughing?

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-06-23 14:41

    I hope his Spearness enjoyed himself and that he's going to create another half a million jobs, and alleviate worldwide poverty, this year. First order of business though should be to fire his basic education minister - she's being playing when she should have been working.

  • tshepiso.m.goeieman - 2012-06-23 15:20

    I dont care if his back or not coz he is not here for us(youth) bt for his ppl inkandla and family. I lost confidence in Mr Zuma. I hope Mangaung wil bring us effective leadership.

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-23 16:04

      You know what to do, vote for DA and you will vote zuma out.

  • Comfido Nziyane - 2012-06-23 15:29

    So who cares, how much did he spend on food, travel nd accomodation expense. millions, sleeping in five star hotels nd womanising yes thats all he's good @.

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-06-23 15:29

    zuma ur back what do you have for youth in mzansi...

  • mc.tyandre - 2012-06-23 15:51

    So What ?

  • Hadebe - 2012-06-23 15:57

    Okay- where is the man heading to next week?

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-23 16:05

    Well, so he's back. Welcome back Zoomsy. The country was better of when you were away and we enjoyed a very slight decrease in all the anc-related shenanigens. But, while you wre away another farmer was killed and his wife paralyzed; it seems that most of the ANC provincial organs(spears? just asking) do not support you second revolution and, by the way, you Minister of education has continued to neglect her duty (which is not surpsising as we all know that she is incompetent). So what next?...Oh Yes! Of Course! The ANC policy making meeting. How could I forget? Well, I just hope this time they have supplied enough condoms of sufficient strength ( we don't want another embarrassment, do we?) and that the catering has been sorted out with KFC as well. And...of course! There will be enough ANC-decorated cakes in black, green and whatever and enough champers and Johhnies Blue to wash them down away from the cameras so we cannot watch your lips sipping the Bollingers and Johnnies. So, which one of your wifes will join you for this occasion? I gather it's going to be quite busy-busy & there won't be too much time for frollicking, will there? So sorry, that the spear just may...just may! have to to be kept behind the ol' zipper but knowing you, I suppose that may be very difficult and you will somehow find some time to zip down and unsheath, as is your traditional wont. Anyways, do enjoy the good times while they last because it seems to me you are on the skids, dude; on the skid

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-23 16:12

    Issues including energy, the green economy, financing for development, water, poverty eradication, sustainable consumption and production were negotiated, spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement. All those mentioned above are sadly lacking in SA. Why go outside the country?

  • marga.goss - 2012-06-23 16:14

    Who ?

  • Silindile Mdayi - 2012-06-23 16:16

    Who cares

  • naicker.patrick - 2012-06-23 18:45

    Ya who cares about Rio+20 when the poor starving citizens that voted ANC who stretched like the G-STRINGS the president went to see. He ate the best of the food, the best of the hotel to sleep in and free travel at taxpayers expense. A one night stand?????? and a shower.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-23 19:38

    I wonder what he costs the south African taxpayers every time he draws a breath?

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