Ambassador Kumalo, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, to Speak on April 26
Teaneck, NJ (April 11, 2006) — “South Africa and its Role in its Region and in the World” is the topic for H. E. Dumisani Kumalo, permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations, when he speaks at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Wednesday, April 26, 2006.
The public is invited to join the University community for this presentation at 6:30 p.m. in Robison Hall Annex 100, Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, 1000 River Road, Teaneck, NJ. Light refreshments will be available at 6 p.m.
Ambassador Kumalo, a journalist in South Africa, was selected to participate in the Multinational Foreign Journalists Project at Indiana University in 1973. He was forced into exile for his anti-apartheid activities in 1977 and sought asylum in New York.
While in the U.S., Ambassador Kumalo worked with the Phelps-Stokes Fund in programs aimed at strengthening the study of Africa in American colleges. As Projects Director of the Africa Fund, he organized the divestment of public funds from banks and companies doing business in apartheid South Africa. The divestment movement led to the withdrawals of millions of dollars from South Africa thereby forcing the apartheid regime to make choices that led to the release of former President Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners.
Following the first democratic elections in 1994, Ambassador Kumalo returned to South Africa and joined the Department of Foreign Affairs as Director of the U.S. Desk.
President Mandela appointed him to serve as South Africa's Ambassador to the United Nations in 1999. This appointment was endorsed by now President Thabo Mbeki who appointed Ambassador Kumalo to serve a second term.
In the United Nations, he has served as Chair of the ECOSOC Ad Hoc Advisory Group on Burundi and Guinea-Bissau and Vice-President of the UN General Assembly. In January 2006, he became the Chair of G77 and China.
The lecture by Ambassador Kumalo is part of the United Nations Pathways Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Ambassador's Club at the United Nations, with additional co-sponsorship at the Metropolitan campus by the Record and HeraldNews. All lectures are followed by a question-and-answer session to provide the audience an opportunity to engage in a dialogue with the UN delegates.
Robison Annex is directly adjacent to the North Parking Lot, accessed from Route 4 or River Road, Teaneck. For additional directions or information, call 201-692-7361.