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UN pays tribute at first Nelson Mandela Day

UN pays tribute at first Nelson Mandela Day

The U.N. General Assembly is celebrating the inaugural "Nelson Mandela International Day" with tributes to the South African anti-apartheid leader's moral leadership and lifelong commitment to fighting racial oppression and promoting peace.
The 192-member world body, in a rare action, decided last November to commemorate Mandela's birthday _ July 18 _ every year to recognize the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's contribution to resolving conflicts and promoting race relations, human rights and reconciliation.
At Friday's U.N. commemoration _ held two days early because Mandela's birthday this year falls on Sunday _ General Assembly President Ali Abdessalam Treki called Mandela "an icon" and "one of the greatest moral and political leaders of our time."


Updated : 2021-08-02 02:23 GMT+08:00