The General Assembly held a special meeting to commemorate the Nelson Mandela International Day, marking the 95th birthday of the “global hero and icon of justice and equality”. The International Day has been observed annually on 18 July starting in 2010, in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Speakers at the event included Acting Assembly President Nawaf Salam; Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; former United States President Bill Clinton; Andrew Mlangeni, South African Member of Parliament and former Robben Island political prisoner with Mandela; and Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., American civil rights and anti-apartheid activist.
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. (left) speaking with Mr. Andrew Mlangeni (seated) at the event. Also pictured (from right): Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria; Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management; and Nawaf Salam, Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the UN and Acting President of the Assembly.