South Africa to participate at the first Paris Peace Forum

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan before a group photo at the Hangzhou International Expo Center to the G20 Summit on September 4, 2016. Photo : Lintao Zhang

Johannesbourg, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa will this weekend attend the first Paris Peace Forum to be held in France from 11 to 13 November 2018.

The Paris Peace Forum is part of the drive by the French President, Emmanuel Macron, to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism and collective action in responding to current global challenges.

The aim is to strive towards peace through better global governance and promote means of reducing international tensions including cooperation between States to confront cross-boundary challenges, collective management of global common goods and better regulation of the internet and communication.

The Forum is further designed to be the annual meeting for projects, ideas and initiatives which effectively contribute to better international cooperation on the key global issues, fairer and more equitable globalization and a more effective multilateral system. Many Heads of State and Government, representatives from the major international organizations and stakeholders from civil society are expected to be among the several thousands of participants. Some 150 projects will be presented at the event.

Meanwhile, Mapisa-Nqakula will also represent President Ramaphosa at the centenary commemoration of Armistice Day to be held in Paris, France.

Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at 11 a.m. on 11 November 1918 – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This effectively ended World War 1 on the Western Front.

This year’s Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Sunday for its centenary, the latter always held on the second Sunday in November, regardless of the date. Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in honor of those who died in the two World Wars.

© Bur-csa – A.H – N.A / From our regional correspondent Mkhululi Chimoio – African Daily Voice (ADV)