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UN chief urges world to emulate Mandela’s legacy

By Cecilia Ologunagba

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the world to emulate the legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president.

Guterres said so on Sunday, in his message on International Nelson Mandela Day, celebrated around the world on July 18, to highlight the legacy of a man who changed the 20th century and contributed to shape the 21st.

According to the Secretary General, this day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and legacy of a “legendary global advocate for dignity, equality, justice and human rights.

“Each year, on Nelson Mandela’s birthday, we pay tribute to this extraordinary man who embodied the highest aspirations of the United Nations and of the human family.

“Affectionately known as Madiba, his calls for solidarity and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, as social cohesion around the world is threatened with division.

“With the rise of hate speech and disinformation blurring the truth, questioning science and undermining democratic institutions, societies are becoming more and more polarized,” said the UN chief.

And the current COVID-19 pandemic has not only exacerbated these evils, but has also set back years of progress in the global fight against poverty.

“As always in times of crisis, it is the marginalized and discriminated against who suffer the most, often being blamed for problems they did not cause.

“The pandemic has shown the vital importance of human solidarity and unity, values ​​defended and illustrated by Nelson Mandela in his lifelong fight for justice,” added the UN chief.

He urged the world to honor Mandela’s call to action and be strengthened by his legacy.

The UN chief scribe 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 dignity for all ”.

In 2015, the General Assembly broadened the scope of Nelson Mandela Day, in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, raise awareness of the need to ensure that prisoners remain in society and to value the work of prison staff, as a social service of particular importance. .

By resolution A / RES / 70/175, the Assembly not only adopted the revised version of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they be known as the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners. “Nelson Mandela Rules” to honor the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison, during his fight. (NAA)

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