Actress and Grammy-nominated singer Melba Moore named UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Melba Moore (centre)

Actress and Grammy-nominated singer Melba Moore said at UN Headquarters this week that she would engage the corporate world, the media and fellow celebrities in carrying out her duties as a new United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial to honour the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Ms. Moore made her comments at a press conference shortly after being appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador.

 Melba Moore:         I am extremely excited to be named Goodwill Ambassador for the permanent memorial at the United Nations to honor the victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Of curse, I know all about the issue as I shall be representing you and speaking to many, many people of all different walks of life and I hope especially in business, corporations, celebrities and media so that we could both get the word out and get it funded. And I may raise my voice in song every now and then too.

NAR: Also appearing at the press conference Raymond Wolfe, Permanent Representative of Jamaica and Chair of the Permanent Memorial Committee.  He described her installation as an important milestone in raising awareness about the Permanent Memorial, first called for in General Assembly resolution of December 2007.  Its completion date is set for the end of 2012 and a Trust Fund has been established to support its construction.

Raymond Wolfe:         This is an important milestone in the efforts f the permanent Memorial Committee to really advance this project to heighten awareness about the project; awareness and as well as mobilize resources which are urgently needed for us to really reach our target. I am very proud to announce to you that we currently have and still counting just under $1 million from member States and I think there were 53 member States which have so far contributed. Some have contributed twice. One contributed more than half of what was raised.

NAR: Ambassador Wolfe made another appeal for funds, noting that they've paid honour to those who made contributions and presented their cheques. He also used the opportunity to urge others who have not yet contributed to do so and those who had contributed before to see whether there're could be additional contributions.

Raymond Wolfe:         Because we need four and a half million dollars we estimate for doing the project from start to finish and we have almost a million so we have to look at the businesses; we have to look at the corporate world and we have to look to see how we can creatively through artistes like Melba Moore, create avenues in the entertainment and business areas how we can, not only to promote knowledge of the project but also to ensure that people will readily contribute. S we are honoured today to have Ms. Melba Moore appointed as Goodwill Ambassador. You have heard her. She is filled with passion; she is filled with pride and she is filled with a sense of urgency which is what we need to get thing as going. It's time for us to stop talking. It's time for us to do and where we are falling short so far is really with Corporate America and however we visited a very interested corporate entity just recently and we know that they already have pledged a significant amount to kick-start from the corporate community.

 NAR: Jamaica's Permanent Representative and Chairman of the Permanent Memorial Committee Ambassador Raymond Wolfe.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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