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Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (General Assembly President) on the observance of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day - General Assembly Informal meeting
20 Jul 2020 -  Remarks by Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President of the UN General Assembly on the General Assembly's observance of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day (Informal meeting).
"(...) In 2009, the General Assembly established Nelson Mandela International Day, to celebrate the remarkable life and contribution of Nelson Mandela each year on the day of his birth, July 18th. This Day provides us with a moment to reflect upon the contribution of Nelson Mandela to our world, and to re-affirm our collective commitment to eradicate racism and racial discrimination in every context.
Nelson Mandela provided the world with a moral compass throughout his life: demonstrating his uncompromising commitment to humanity through his actions and unwavering commitment to freedom, justice, peace and human rights. His efforts and sacrifice paved the way for the liberation and democratization of South Africa, heralding a new era of hope for communities around the world.
In his life and in his legacy, Madiba has inspired generations of changemakers around the world to practice humility while standing up for what is right – even when the odds are not in our favour. Let us not forget his words,
“Everything seems impossible, until it is done.”
(...)" - Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the President of the UN General Assembly