Press release

AFR Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s programme for the Johannesburg Summit

Please note that the programme is subject to change. The programme will be updated on a running basis.

Contact person: Jesper Fersløv Andersen, +45 33 92 22 35.

Press events marked in bold print.

Sunday 1 September


07:25 AM

Prime Minister to arrive in Johannesburg

08:15 AM

Arrival at the Hotel Balalaika

09:15-09:50 AM

Prime Minister to receive briefing (at Hotel)

09:50-10:05 AM

Delegation meeting (at Hotel)

10:20-10:45 AM

Talks with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (Sandton Sun & Sun Towers Intercontinental Hotels)

10:55-11:20 AM

Prime Minister to speak to the Business Forum (Hotel Hilton)

11:30-11:45 AM

Press conference – ia on the talks with Mr Annan (Hotel Hilton, room to be specified)

12:00 noon –12:10 PM

Door-step with Confederation of Danish Industries - outside the Jacaranda Room. (Sandton Sun & Sun Towers Intercontinental Hotels)

12:15-1:05 PM

Lunch with business leaders, including Confederation of Danish Industries (Sandton Sun & Sun Towers Intercontinental Hotels)

1:20-1:50 PM

Talks with South African President Thabo Mbeki (Sandton Convention Centre) -tentative (time is subject to change)

1:50-2:05 PM

Press conference/door-step (place to be announced later)

2:15- PM

Prime Minister to launch EU energy initiative (IUCN Environment Centre)

6:30-7:00 PM

Round-table on NEPAD – Prime Minister to speak after the NEPAD President (Sandton Convention Centre)

8:00-9:30 PM

Delegation reception (Sandton Sun & Sun Towers Intercontinental Hotels)


Monday 2 September


7:45-09:00 AM

President Mbeki’s reception (reception of heads of delegation) (Sandton Convention Centre)

09:00 AM

Opening of World Summit high-level part (Sandton Convention Centre)

10:00 AM

EU intervention in the general debate (Prime Minister to speak third, Commission President fifth) (Sandton Convention Centre)

11:00-11:30 AM

Joint EU press conference with Commission President Prodi (Sandton Convention Centre, UN press room)

1:00-3:00 PM

Visit to Soweto, to see ia a sewage project, Dense Settlement Project (Kliptown)

3:00-4:15 PM

Prime Minister to participate in round-table discussion MAKING IT HAPPEN (Sandton Convention Centre)

4:30-5:30 PM

EU troika meeting with G.77 (Sandton Convention Centre)

5:35-5:50 PM

Talks with World Food Programme Director James Morris (Sandton Convention Centre)

6:00-6:30 PM

Press conference (Hotel Balalaika, Village Manor)

8:00-9:30 PM

President Mbeki to host official banquet (Heads of State or Government) (Sandton Sun)


Tuesday 3 September


07:30-08:15 AM

Breakfast meeting with delegations from Greenland and the Faeroe Islands (Hotel Balalaika)

08:30-08:45 AM

Delegation meeting (Hotel Balalaika)

09:15-09:45 AM

Meeting with former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela

10:00-10:20 AM

Prime Minister and Commission President Prodi to meet members of the European Parliament and EU Parliamentarians of the EU Member States (Sandton Convention Centre)

10:30-11:00 AM

Prime Minister to present the EU water initiative to the press together with Commission President Prodi (Sandton Convention Centre, UN press room)

12:00 noon –12:50 PM

Lunch with members of the Danish Parliament, the Folketing, and the Danish members of the European Parliament

1:00-1:40 PM

Talks with Russian Prime Minister Kasjanov

1:50-2:05 PM

Press conference (Hotel Balalaika, Village Manor)

2:15-3:15 PM

Meeting with international NGOs (Hotel Balalaika)

3:15-3:30 PM

Meeting with Oxfam (Hotel Balalaika)

5:00-7:00 PM

Prime Minister to announce the EU water initiative (Water Dome)

8:00-9:30 PM

Dinner with Danish NGOs


Wednesday 4 September


07.30-08.15 AM

Breakfast meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende (Hotel Balalaika)

08.30-08.45 AM

Delegation meeting (Hotel Balalaika)

09.00-09.30 AM

Meeting with US Secretary of State Colin Powell (may be moved to 09:30)

09.30-09.50 AM

Press conference/door-step – place to be announced later

10.00-10.30 AM

Joint press conference with Commission President Prodi (Sandton Convention Centre, UN press room)

10.45-11.30 AM

EU troika meeting with candidate countries (Hotel Balalaika)

11.45 AM -12.15 PM

Meeting with Romanian President Ioniliescu (Hotel Balalaika)

12:15-12:45 PM

Press conference (Hotel Balalaika, Village Manor)

1:00-2:30 PM


3:00-4:00 PM

Prime Minister to speak at multi-stakeholder event (Sandton Convention Centre)

4:00 PM

End of World Summit (Sandton Convention Centre)

5:00-5:45 PM

Final press conference (Hotel Balalaika, Village Manor)

6:00 PM