Secretary-General’s remarks at Nelson Mandela International Day Public Service Activity

 Secretary-General’s remarks at Nelson Mandela International Day Public Service Activity Tending to a yellow Wood Tree

Alan Demby gifting Mandela Day Studentmvolunteers in NYC with Mandela Tokens and SA Flag JPG

Alan Demby Chairman on the South African Gold Coin Exchange giving volunteers Mandela messages of love and thanking then with gold token coins for their volunteer services at the Secretary general tree event.

I am delighted to welcome all of you. We are particularly honoured to have Kweku Mandela here representing the family of his grandfather.

Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the work of Madiba, a model global citizen and visionary leader.

Let us also pause to remember the recent passing of one of Madiba’s close supporters, Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. Both of them strongly believed in the mission of the United Nations – and they helped to prove the value of our common solidarity in defeating apartheid.

Nelson Mandela devoted his life to social justice and the struggle for human rights.

In marking this Day, the United Nations is joining the Mandela Foundation in asking people around the world to do community service.

I am honoured to tend to this beautiful Yellow wood tree.

Madiba himself loved gardening. He said the garden he kept in prison gave him a small taste of freedom.

Nelson Mandela understood that freedom is more than the world beyond prison walls.

Freedom is having the right to education.

Freedom is having enough to eat.

Freedom is decent work that can support a family.

Freedom is clean air, fresh water and a green environment.

Today we gather in a park named for Ralph Bunche. As a senior United Nations official, he earned many distinctions – including becoming the first African-American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

In this special Park on this landmark day, I ask you to join me in fighting for progress for our planet and its people, in the inspiring spirit of Nelson Mandela.

Thank you.



Ban Ki Moon, Melanie and Jesse jackson Alan at UN

Melanie Nathan , Executive Director of The World Tour SA Peacemaker Museum, greeting Secretary General BAN Ki-moon after the UN General Assembly tributes, before the Tree Ceremony. Looking on is Alan Demby of THE SAGCE and Rev. Jesse Jackson


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One Comment on “Secretary-General’s remarks at Nelson Mandela International Day Public Service Activity”

  1. Hermann (Mari's friend) July 18, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

    Thank you Melanie Nathan, for keeping SA on the map!! You doing great work dear lady….warm regards!!

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