President Zuma To Leave For France On Wednesday To Co-Chair UN Commission


Last month, President Zuma was appointed to co-chair the launch of the UN’s high level commission on Health Employment and Economic growth with France President Francois Hollande.

For this reason, the presidency says President Zuma will be travelling to Lyon, France on Wednesday.

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon made the announcement that President Zuma will co-chair the new high level commission which focuses on health employment and economic growth.

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The UN Secretary opined that the new commission was established to “stimulate the creation of new employment opportunities in the health sector across all countries, especially in least developed countries.”

Speaking on Sunday, spokesperson Bongani Majola threw more light on Zuma’s new assignment when he said;

“The implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development forms the basis of the Commission’s work.”

“It also speaks to the implementation of the 2063 Agenda of the African Union and South Africa’s own National Development Plan,” Majola said.

However, the commission is expected to come up with measures that would foster global inclusive economic growth, create decent jobs, achieve Universal Health Coverage and complement various global development efforts which have been set out by the UN.

Meanwhile, President Zuma would be heading to France with International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

Also, Precious Matsoso, who is the director general of the department of Health and currently the chairperson of the World Health Organisation’s executive board will make it to France with the president.

World Health Organisation statistics reveals that by 2030, the healthcare sector would be responsible for creating 45 million job opportunities due to population outburst and an ageing workforce.

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According to the WHO, this meant that low-and-middle-income countries would be losing about 18 million qualified health professionals and this will definitely posed a problem to the stability of health systems and global health security.

Be that as it, members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and emerging economics would spearhead this job growth within the healthcare sector.

So it is believed that the new commission would “not only increase health security world-wide, but also promote inclusive economic growth, and in doing so, help to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”

Last month also, President Zuma was in Republic of Burundi for a two-day peace talk. He was accompanied by leaders of four other African nations – Mauritania, Senegal, Gabon and Ethiopia.

The visit came days after UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Burundi as part of growing international efforts to bring an end to 10 months of deadly turmoil in the country.

Meanwhile, President Zuma had earlier thanked the UN for recognizing him and giving him a chance to serve with President Hollande.

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