UN / MANDELA DAY

18-Jul-2019 00:02:31
Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his birthday, Secretary-General António Guterres said, “Madiba’s call for social cohesion and a culture of peace are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.” UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / MANDELA DAY
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DATELINE: 18 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

18 JULY 2019, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, ECOSOC chamber
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time. Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion, forgiveness and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice. He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them. Madiba’s call for social cohesion and a culture of peace are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.”
4. Wide shot, ECOSOC chamber
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President, United Nations General Assembly:
“Now, more than ever, we must follow Mandela’s example and talk – and listen – to each other, to those we don’t normally speak to, to those who are ignored and marginalized – across borders, sectors and generations. This coming year is our chance to make concrete progress on building the future we want – and the multilateral system we need to achieve it.”
6. Wide shot, ECOSOC chamber
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Gay McDougall, Vice Chair, UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination:
“The lesson he taught was not how he failed to be angry at those who jailed him unjustly for 27 years, because he was indeed angry. Rather, what was more important was that he was someone who had extraordinary vision and incredible discipline. He knew that anger could tear his country further apart and that ultimately violence produces no winners.”
8. Wide shot, ECOSOC chamber
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Tourism, South Africa:
“In honour of Nelson Mandela’s values and ideals, let us recommit ourselves to take action and inspire change, and for this august global institution to take action against poverty as we stand on the cusp of the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 and towards achieving the 2030 agenda on sustainable development goals.”
10. Wide shot, ECOSOC chamber
STORYLINE
Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his birthday, Secretary-General António Guterres today (18 Jul) said “Madiba’s call for social cohesion and a culture of peace are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.”

Guterres said Mandela, was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time.”

He said Mandela “exemplified courage, compassion, forgiveness and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice,” and had “lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them.”

The President of the General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, said, “now, more than ever, we must follow Mandela’s example and talk – and listen – to each other, to those we don’t normally speak to, to those who are ignored and marginalized – across borders, sectors and generations.”

This coming year, she said, “is our chance to make concrete progress on building the future we want – and the multilateral system we need to achieve it.”

Gay McDougall, Vice Chair of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination told the meeting that the “lesson” Mandela taught “was not how he failed to be angry at those who jailed him unjustly for 27 years, because he was indeed angry. Rather, what was more important was that he was someone who had extraordinary vision and incredible discipline. He knew that anger could tear his country further apart and that ultimately violence produces no winners.”

For her part, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, said, “in honour of Nelson Mandela’s values and ideals, let us recommit ourselves to take action and inspire change, and for this august global institution to take action against poverty as we stand on the cusp of the 75th anniversary of the UN in 2020 and towards achieving the 2030 agenda on sustainable development goals.”

Lauding the late South African President’s qualities and service to humanity, the UN in New York hosted the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit during last year’s General Assembly week, where some 100 Heads of State and Government, Ministers and Member States, adopted a political declaration to redouble efforts to build a just, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and fair world.

The declaration, which recognized the period from 2019 to 2028 as the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, saluted Madiba, as he’s known affectionately by South Africans, for his humility and compassion, while also acknowledging his contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of world peace.

Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela’s ideals of service, UN volunteers will serve lunch and ice cream in one of the most marginalized neighbourhoods in the city at the Brownsville Community Culinary Centre, which offers healthy, sustainable and accessible cuisine to local residents.

In November 2009, the UN declared 18 July, Nelson Mandela International Day as a global call to action under the premise that everyone has the power to make an impact on the planet.
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