Pretoria, 23 July 2014 – United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs, Mr. Tayé-Brook Zerihoun spent a day in South Africa, on his way back from Namibia where he attended a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Interactive Dialogue, which was co-hosted by the SADC Executive Secretariat and the UN Development Programme.During his stay in the South African capital, Pretoria, Mr. Zerihoun had several meetings, including with the UN Country Team, European Union , British High Commission, Mozambican High Commissioner, Mr. Fernando Andrade Fazenda, and Indian High Commissioner, Mr. Virendra Gupta.
During his discussions, the ASG elaborated on the plans for the UN to strengthen collaboration with the SADC Secretariat following the signature of a partnership agreement between the UN and SADC a year ago. Cooperation would include strengthening the capacity of its Secretariat. Currently, the United Nations has three staff members who have been seconded to the SADC Secretariat as liaison officers to support the Secretariat, as well as to better inform the UN regarding the region’s political developments.
In the meeting with the Mozambican High Commissioner, Mr. Zerihoun extended the United Nations’ unwavering support to Mozambique’s process of consolidating stability and democratic rule. He further wished the country well for the upcoming October elections.
The ASG departed South Africa on 24 July 2014 for Madagascar, the final leg of his trip.