Nelson Mandela International Day is an accidental to bespeak connected the beingness and bequest of “a legendary planetary advocator for dignity, equality, justness and quality rights”, the UN main said on Sunday.
“Each year, connected this day, Nelson’s Mandela’s birthday, we wage tribute to this bonzer antheral who embodied the highest aspirations of the United Nations and the quality family”, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his connection commemorating the 18 July celebration of South Africa’s archetypal Black caput of State.
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Affectionately known arsenic Madiba, his calls for solidarity and an extremity to racism are peculiarly applicable today, arsenic societal cohesion astir the satellite is under threat of division.
With hatred code connected the emergence and misinformation blurring the truth, questioning subject and undermining antiauthoritarian institutions, societies are becoming much polarized, said the UN chief.
And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has not only made these ills much acute but also rolled backmost years of advancement successful the planetary combat against poverty.
“As ever successful times of crises, it is the marginalized and discriminated against who endure the most, often portion being blamed for problems they did not cause”, said Mr. Guterres.
The pandemic has shown the “vital value of quality solidarity and unity”, values championed and exemplified by Nelson Mandela successful his lifelong combat for justice, added the UN chief.
Noting that no 1 is harmless until each are safe, he said everyone can play their part.
Urging the world to honour Mr. Mandela’s call to enactment and beryllium empowered by his legacy, the Secretary-General, said: “Let america beryllium inspired by Madiba’s connection that each of america tin marque a quality successful promoting peace, quality rights, harmony with quality and dignity for all”.
In 2015, the General Assembly extended the scope of Nelson Mandela Day to beforehand humane conditions of imprisonment, rise consciousness about the request to ensure prisoners remain part of society, and to worth the enactment of situation unit arsenic a societal work of peculiar importance.
Through it resolution A/RES/70/175 the Assembly not lone adopted the revised UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but besides approved that they should beryllium known arsenic the "Nelson Mandela Rules" to honour the bequest of the precocious President of South Africa, who spent 27 years successful situation successful the people of his struggle.
The UN Office connected Drugs and Crime (UNODC) acts arsenic guardian of the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, known arsenic the Nelson Mandela Rules.