Zuma to address UN on SA’s progress

The president will speak to delegates about South Africa’s Millennium Development Goals.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma in Port Elizabeth on 14 July 2013. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma will address the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York on Tuesday to speak about South Africa's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

He will miss Heritage Day celebrations back home, but will be updating the UN on how the country is doing in achieving these goals, which are nearing their 2015 deadline.

The various initiatives meant to be implemented by then include eradicating poverty and hunger, pushing for better education, reducing child mortality and fighting HIV and Aids.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj says this will be a chance for Zuma to show how far the country has come.

Maharaj says while there is still a long way to go, some strides have been made.

"South Africa has achieved some of the goals - for example, access to primary education [and in] the advancement of women."

Zuma is one of sixteen speakers set to address the 68th assembly, which starts at 3pm South African time.