Several heads of state have attended Monday’s Nelson Mandela for Peace Summit in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, in recognition of the great African leader who fought racially segregation and devoted his life to freedom and the consolidation of social justice.
This summit, which coincides with the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, will focus on achieving peace in the world.
South Africa has been honored by the fact the Statue of nelson Mandela will be installed ata the United Nations Headquarters.
“The installation of Madiba’s statue at the United Nations headquarters is an unprecedented honour bestowed on a leader”, reports the African Newsroom.
UNESCO adopted the 10th of November 2009, the day of Mandela’s birth (18 July), to make it the “Nelson Mandela International Day”, celebrated every year since 2010, in recognition of its contribution to the consecration of values. of peace and freedom in Africa and in the world,Pana Press reports.
Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh Al-Sissi delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly on Monday, his spokesman Bassam Radhi said, adding that the Egyptian head of state hailed the African leader, Nelson Mandela, as a symbol of peace.
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, says a text presented to the press on this occasion, stating that “this centenary offers us the opportunity to reflect on his life and his legacy and to follow his call to a world a better ”.
“Nelson Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations. One hundred years after his birth, his example of courage and compassion continues to inspire the world, “says the text.
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