Friday, 31 August 2001


9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Opening ceremony [Plenary Hall] - Dance programme by Ballet Theatre Afrikan

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Opening session [Plenary Hall]

Opening of the Conference [1]
Opening statement by the Secretary-General of the United Nations
Opening address by the President of South Africa

Election of the President [2]
Introductory statement by the President of the World Conference

Opening addresses [3]
Statement by the President of the General Assembly
Statement by the Secretary-General of the World Conference

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Adoption of the rules of procedure [4] (A/CONF.189/2)

Election of other officers [5] (A/CONF.189/2)

Establishment of the Credentials Committee [6(a)] (A/CONF.189/2)

Adoption of the agenda [7] (A/CONF.189/1 and Add.1)

Organization of work [8] (A/CONF.189/3, A/CONF.189/6)

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3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Roundtable of Heads of State/Government [Plenary Hall]

Roundtable under the Chairmanship of H.E. Mr. Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa
and opened by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan.

Participants are expected to include the following:

H.E. Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Democratic People's Republic of Algeria
H.E. Mr. Jozo Krizanovic, Chair of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
H.E. Mr. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, President of the Republic of Cape Verde
H.E. Mr. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of the Republic of Congo
H.E. Mr. Fidel Castro, President of the Councils of State and Minister of Cuba
H.E. Major General Joseph Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo
H.E. Mrs. Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of State of the Republic of Latvia
H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Rwandese Republic
H.E. Mr. Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal
H.E. Mr. Gnassingbe Eyadema, President of the Togolese Republic
H.E. Mr. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda
H.E. Dr. Frederick J.T. Chiluba, President of the Republic of Zambia
H.E. Mr. Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique
H.E. Mr. Yasser Arafat, President of the Palestinian Authority

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