UN / MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY

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Addressing a General Assembly meeting on the observance of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed said it was “our individual responsibility to follow Madiba’s example of humility, of forgiveness and compassion, while advocating for democracy and peace throughout the world.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 21 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

21 JULY 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, General Assembly
3. Wide shot, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed walks up to General Assembly rostrum
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“It is our individual responsibility to follow Madiba’s example of humility, of forgiveness and compassion, while advocating for democracy and peace throughout the world. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us the vital importance of human solidarity and unity, values championed and exemplified by Madiba in his lifelong fight for justice.”
5. Wide shot, delegates
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“As we enter the third year of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, let us be inspired by Madiba’s message that each of us can make a difference in promoting peace, human rights, harmony with nature and – above all -dignity for all. If I may add a personal note, Madiba has been an inspiration for me ever since I was a young person trying to find my path in life.
I have taken to heart his profound words, that: ‘There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.’”
7. Wide shot, General Assembly President walks up to rostrum
8. Med shot, South African delegation
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Volkan Bozkir, President, General Assembly:
When we pledge to leave no one behind and reach the furthest behind first, we must uphold Mandela’s legacy of racial reconciliation, especially as intolerance and racial discrimination are threatening to erode the progress which he himself fought so hard to advance.”
10. Wide shot, GA President walks away
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa:
“Nelson Mandela would have stressed the importance of all nations rising and working together, sharing ideas, the means and all the tools required for ending this vicious pandemic, which knows no boundaries. Central to this, is equitable, secure, predictable, and affordable access in real time to vaccines and all the tools which require to respond to the pandemic.”
12. Wide shot, GA

STORYLINE:

Addressing a General Assembly meeting on the observance of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed today (21 Jul) said it was “our individual responsibility to follow Madiba’s example of humility, of forgiveness and compassion, while advocating for democracy and peace throughout the world.”

The COVID-19 pandemic, she said, “has shown us the vital importance of human solidarity and unity, values championed and exemplified by Madiba in his lifelong fight for justice.”

As we enter the third year of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, Mohammed said, “let us be inspired by Madiba’s message that each of us can make a difference in promoting peace, human rights, harmony with nature and – above all -dignity for all.”

On a personal note, Deputy Secretary-General added, “Madiba has been an inspiration for me ever since I was a young person trying to find my path in life” and quoted his words, that: ‘There can be no greater gift than that of giving one's time and energy to helping others without expecting anything in return.’”

The President of the General Assembly, Volkan Bozkir, said, “when we pledge to leave no one behind and reach the furthest behind first, we must uphold Mandela’s legacy of racial reconciliation, especially as intolerance and racial discrimination are threatening to erode the progress which he himself fought so hard to advance.”

Briefing via teleconference, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor said, “Nelson Mandela would have stressed the importance of all nations rising and working together, sharing ideas, the means and all the tools required for ending this vicious pandemic, which knows no boundaries. Central to this, is equitable, secure, predictable, and affordable access in real time to vaccines and all the tools which require to respond to the pandemic.”

In recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom, in November 2009, the General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day.”

On 18 July every year, the United Nations calls on people to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in their own communities.
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