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South Africa to host One Young World 2013


Following several months of toil Johannesburg has bagged the global One Young World Youth Summit in 2013..

The city was shortlisted as a contender for the role of host along with Pittsburgh in the US, but both locations came up trumps. Pittsburgh is going to host the 2012 conference and Johannesburg is going to take the reins in 2013.

“We’re thrilled, delighted and ecstatic,” expressed the CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), Lindiwe Kwele, who attended the final event of the 2011 summit in Zurich when the announcement was made.

The JTC was responsible for presenting Johannesburg’s bid. “JTC’s conference and events bureau team has devoted a great deal of effort bidding for One Young World, and we are extremely excited to be bringing this high profile event to Joburg in two years’ time,” said Kwele.



Young leaders getting together

One Young World is a platform for today’s young leaders, with the main objective of connecting the smartest young thinkers with those in power, as a consequence making certain that their concerns and opinions are given serious attention.

Global leaders in a variety of fields, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, musician Bob Geldof and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan support the summit and act as counsellors to delegates. Tutu was a speaker at this year’s event, as was British chef Jamie Oliver.



The inaugral summit was held in London in 2010, when 823 delegates from 112 countries joined together to debate the concerns facing young people of today. Zurich hosted this year’s conference from 1 to 4 September, with approximately 1 200 delegates from 170 countries.

“Clinching the event for Johannesburg and Africa is extremely significant on so many levels,” Kwele said.

“Africa is considered the continent containing the most significant proportion of youth (20%) – as a demographic component of the population – and it would be significant to host this event on a continent which numerous young adults call home and that provides so many opportunities and challenges.”



Addressing contemprary issues

At the first conference six resolutions were tabled as the most pressing contemporary issues. These were, and remain:

  •  Political leaders to make clear their stances on humanitarian issues;
  •  Global business to define and act on their role in the fight against poverty;
  •  Leaders and followers of all faiths to commit to delivering peace among all nations, races and creeds;
  •  Media to use its influence to help protect truth and personal freedom;
  •  Governments to take more legislative action to guarantee that carbon emissions reduction targets are agreed on and met by 2020; and
  •  Businesses, governments and civil society to work together to prioritise health care and nutrition.

“What One Young World really is, is a remarkable network of remarkable shared accountability, a scarce and completely unique platform to interact with the world’s youth about what matters now, and what will matter the most, tomorrow,” said Catherine Peter, the Africa director of One Young World.



The chance to host the summit in Johannesburg would present the platform to share ideas on the value of developing young adults into future leaders, learning from both developing and developed countries, Kwele said.

On the announcement of the winners, One Young World co-founder David Jones, an advertising guru, said: “We received amazing bids from superb cities and Johannesburg is a true global icon, a city that has shown it can handle world events with style and exuberance.

“We are thrilled that the city will be our host for the One Young World summit 2013.”

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Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com


South Africa takes its seat on the UN Security Council

South Africa fully committed itself to international peacekeeping initiatives on 1 January 2011 the moment it took its position for a second term on the UN Security Council (UNSC).

Elected in by 182 member nations of the UN General Assembly this past year, the country is going to function as a non-permanent member for the 2011/12 term.

The UNSC is comprised of five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the UK and US – in addition to 10 non-permanent members, which at the moment are Bosnia and Herzegovina; Germany; Portugal; Brazil; India; South Africa; Colombia; Lebanon; Gabon and Nigeria.

Typically the council is mainly responsible for preserving peace and security internationally, in most cases by advocating that the individuals or groups concerned achieve an amicable and binding agreement. The UNSC at the same time performs investigations into regions of conflict and may even send in UN peacekeeping armed forces to further diminish hostility.

South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said the country’s UNSC seat will give it an opportunity to create stronger relationships along with other fellow member states.

The department went ahead and added that South Africa is fully committed and dedicated to contributing towards the effort of the UNSC to maintain international peace and security, specifically in Africa.

UN ambassador Baso Sangqu

“South Africa would like to enhance and improve the African agenda inside the security council,” said the country’s UN ambassador Baso Sangqu.

The simple truth is that more than two-thirds of the conflicting situations and crises which the security council mainly deals with are located in Africa. This is not something which we should be proud of,” he was quoted saying.

Gaining knowledge through past experiences

South Africa previously served on the UNSC in 2007 and 2008. “During this period, South Africa has learnt crucial lessons,” Sangqu added, who will head the country’s UNSC delegation.

Dirco proclaimed it has put together a highly skilled group of diplomats and officials in order to assist South Africa to function and serve on the council.

“ When it comes to its actions, South Africa is going to be well guided mainly because of the commitment to support and uphold international law and universal values, in addition to be of assistance to others to protect and safeguard or attain their inherent and inalienable rights,” proclaimed International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

She went ahead and added the fact that the country would certainly carry on with its initiatives to promote and enhance UNSC’s cooperation with the help of regional organisations, specifically African Union’s Peace and Security Council.

Sangqu stated: “Ivory Coast is going to be a challenge and issue we are going to have to deal with. There happens to be a standoff in relation to exactly who the leader is. Being a council member, South Africa will need to lead from the front when it comes to these kinds of issues.”

South Africa will in addition strongly recommend for additional resources to be able to deal with the conflict in Somalia, the ambassador added.

He was quoted saying the UNSC must not allow the state of affairs in that country end up being “a forgotten conflict” much like the dispute between Morocco and Western Sahara guerrillas.

Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com