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South African president to stress poverty eradication issue in Rio+ 20 summit

2012-06-20 20:47:19 GMT2012-06-21 04:47:19(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JOHANNESBURG, June 20 (Xinhua) -- South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Brazil to attend the Rio+20 summit, the Presidency announced on Wednesday evening.

Over 100 heads of state and government will attend the Rio+20 summit, which is also called the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, scheduled for 20-22.

The South African president is accompanied by key government ministers, including Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Presidency said.

The Presidency said the summit would emphasize on the green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction institutional framework and sustainable development goals.

The heads at the summit would discuss the renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress in the implementation on the sustainable development in recent years, according to the Presidency.

The Presidency stressed the conference would further talk about the challenges on critical issues in the sustainable development, such as energy provision which forms an important part of poverty eradication and sustainable development.

South African President Zuma would deliver a speech on Thursday, stressing the importance of lifting the bar on tackling the world's issues, especially the eradication of poverty, the South African Press Association reported on Wednesday evening.

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