Minister Pandor to participate in the virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit

Media Release


22 November 2023


Minister Pandor to participate in the virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit


The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, will this afternoon, Wednesday, 22 November 2023, represent President Cyril Ramaphosa at a virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit.


Currently chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, G20 is a premier forum for international economic cooperation that brings together the world’s major economies to advance global economic stability and sustainable development, including climate change mitigation.


Among other objectives, G20 Leaders are pursuing reforms for more impactful Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) to effectively address 21st-century global challenges. The summit will provide updates on this and other key commitments.


In alignment with the G20 High-Level Principles on Lifestyles for Sustainable Development (LiFE), leaders have pledged to undertake collective actions aimed at fostering sustainable production and consumption patterns.


Today’s meeting is also expected to emphasise the critical role of Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) in driving sustainable and inclusive growth.


India’s G20 Presidency has redirected its focus from women’s empowerment to women-led development, encompassing economic and social empowerment, bridging the gender digital divide, fostering gender-inclusive climate action, and ensuring women’s food security and well-being.


The G20 has concurred to establish a Working Group on the Empowerment of Women, with South Africa supporting the shift towards women-led development.


The Indian Presidency of the G20 urges leaders to reaffirm their commitment to internalise the New Delhi Leaders Declaration and take concrete actions to implement outcomes domestically and internationally, respecting national circumstances.


The G20’s pivotal role in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), will also be highlighted.


(Note to editors: the Summit is a closed session that commences at 14h00 South African time following which the G20 Presidency will publish the Chairperson’s opening remarks as well as the outcomes of the gathering).


Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974




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