Nelson Mandela International Day commemorated with the underprivileged children of Pakistan Sweet Home

Islamabad, 18 July 2018: On the 100 anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth today, the United Nations Information Centre in partnership with the Pakistan Sweet Home paid tribute to the values and dedication to Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his services to humanity. We engaged with the underprivileged children of the Pakistan Sweet Home in several learning and recreational activities including cultural performance, screening the documentary, a quiz competition and touring an exhibition on the life and messages of the Nelson Mandela.

Mr. Zammurud Khan, Patron in Chief, Pakistan Sweet Home welcomed the guests and acknowledged that, through the commemoration of the Nelson Mandela Day, the children of Pakistan Sweet Home have got unique opportunity to learn about the life story and inspiring messages of the great personality of this century, as well as for the times to come.

In his remarks, H.E Mr. Mpendulo Jele, High Commissioner, Republic of South Africa shared his memories and reflections of the struggle and movements led by the Nelson Mandela in the areas of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality, the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice.

Vlastimil Samek, Director a.i, United Nations Information Centre shared with the participants the message of the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres and the message of the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Pakistan, Neil Buhne.

Nelson Mandela, whose successful struggle against South Africa’s apartheid system of racial segregation and discrimination made him a global symbol for the cause of human rights and earned him the Nobel Peace Prize, would have turned 100 years old, today on 18 July 2018.

Our sincere thanks to the representatives of the civic society and diplomatic missions of the United Nations member states including the Republic of South Africa, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Sudan for joining us on this important occasion.

The United Nations pays its special thanks and gratitude to the Pakistan Sweet Home for providing us with the opportunity to meet with the talented, inspiring and brilliant children.

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