Live Coverage World Summit on Sustainable Development

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Johannesburg, South Africa
26 August-4 September 2002

1 September 2002

Note to Correspondents


United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and his wife Nane Annan arrived in Johannesburg on Sunday, 1 September, to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

On Sunday morning, Mrs. Annan, accompanied by Jane Goodall, United Nations Messenger of Peace and a member of the Secretary-General’s Advisory Panel for the Summit, visited Sterkfontein Caves, the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, near Krugersdorp. They will be received by Zanele Mbeki, wife of South Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki, for an event with the Secretary-General and the President, scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Details about that event are available from the Office of the President, Bheki Khumalo, tel.: 083-256-9133.

At 3:45 p.m., Mrs. Annan visited the WaterDome, where she was guided around the exhibition of the United Nations Human Settlements

Programme (UN-Habitat) by the Executive Director, Anna Tibaijuka. Details about that are available from UN-Habitat, Sharad Shankardass, tel.: 082-858-1775.

On Monday morning the Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan, along with President Mbeki and Mrs. Mbeki will greet heads of State and government arriving at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in the Sandton Convention Centre, starting at 7:30 a.m. At 8:50 a.m. they will proceed into the Plenary Hall for the opening of the high-level segment of the Summit, which starts at 9 a.m.

Later in the morning, at 11:30 a.m., Mrs. Annan will launch the publication “WASH: It’s the Big Issue” at the WaterDome main stage. She will then participate in a high-level round-table dialogue “WASH: Keys to Poverty Reduction” in the Congo Room of the WaterDome, scheduled to begin at 12:15 p.m. Details about those two events are available from Eirah Gore-Dale, tel.: 072-536-8972.

At 2:45 p.m., Mrs. Annan will speak on the importance of safe water and sanitation for children at an event sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), also being held in the WaterDome. Details about this event are available from: Vanessa Tobin, tel.: 082-858-1532.

At 4 p.m. Mrs. Annan will accompany the Secretary-General to Soweto to meet children from the Children’s Earth Summit with Ms. Goodall. They will each receive a memorandum from the children and be entertained by a gumboot dance. The Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan will plant a tree on Somoho, a hill made from a former garbage dump.

In the evening, starting at 7:30 p.m., the Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan will be guests of the President of South Africa at a dinner in honour of the heads of State and government at the Sandton Hotel.

On Tuesday, 3 September, Mrs. Annan will again visit the Cradle of Humankind, this time for a presentation by Professor Tobias and a guided tour of

the fossil excavation by Kathy Kuman. She will be accompanied by the spouses of heads of State and government. Following a lunch hosted by Mrs. Mbeki at the Cornutti restaurant, Mrs. Annan and the First Spouses will visit the Africana Museum. That evening. Mrs. Annan will attend a dinner for leading South African women hosted by Mrs. Mbeki and Mrs. Mabudafhasi, South African Deputy Minister for Environmental Affairs, to be held at Vodaworld in Sandton.

On Wednesday morning, Mrs. Annan will visit Ubuntu Village with the First Spouses at 9 a.m., following which she will visit the Apartheid Museum. At 1:15 p.m. she will participate in an event at the Sandton Convention Centre on women and WASH, organized by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council. Details of this event are available from Eirah Gore-Dale, tel.: 072-536-8972.

Later in the day, the Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan will tape a segment of the children’s television programme “Sesame Street”, in which they will introduce an HIV-positive muppet.

On Wednesday evening, the Secretary-General and Mrs. Annan will leave Johannesburg for Paris.

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