Pretoria, South Africa – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to visit South Africa early next week as part of his Africa trip that will see him also visiting Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Egypt.
It will be Mr. Ban’s first official visit to South Africa and Tanzania where he will hold discussions on national, regional and international issues. In South Africa, he will meet with President Kgalema Motlanthe, as well as the Ministers for Finance and Environment. The Secretary-General is also expected to meet with former President Nelson Mandela.
In Tanzania, one of the pilot countries for the UN reform programme on “Delivering as One”, the Secretary-General will hold discussions with President Jakaya Kikwete. He will address the diplomatic and academic community in Dar es Salaam. In Zanzibar he will inaugurate the One UN Office, provided by the government of Zanzibar to house all UN agencies.
The Secretary-General is also due to fly over the receding ice cap of mount Kilimanjaro on his way to Arusha to visit the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, his next stop, he will meet with President Joseph Kabila, with parliamentarians as well as members of civil society. He will then go to Bukavu to visit Panzi Hospital, where victims of sexual violence are cared for. In Goma, he will meet with members of the UN peacekeeping mission, MONUC, and with local authorities. He will also visit in Goma the Mugunga camp for people displaced by conflict before flying to Rwanda to meet with President Paul Kagame.
The Secretary General then plans to travel to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, where he will participate on 2 March in the “International Conference in support of the Palestinian Economy, for the reconstruction of Gaza”. The Conference is co-chaired by Egypt and Norway.