United Nations to honour 95-year-old Nelson Mandela today
United Nations: The UN General Assembly has called a special meeting today to mark the Nelson Mandela International Day.
The ailing South African leader’s contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation will be honoured on the occasion. Former US President Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, and Andrew Mlangeni will be the speakers at the meeting.
The General Assembly meeting starting at 10 am is part of a series of events to take place in the UN and around the world. “This year’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of Madiba, as the universally revered leader remains in the hospital. As we extend our best wishes to President Mandela on his ninety-fifth birthday, let us also give tangible meaning to our feelings of concern by taking action on behalf of others,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message for the day.
“Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to the struggle for human rights and social justice. In marking this Day, the United Nations is joining the Mandela Foundation in asking people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes of their time to community service,” he added.