Honour Mandela’s vision, Seychelles’ President says at UN event in New York

World leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to ensure that they govern with the philosophies of peace and equitable progress championed by the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Seychelles' President Danny Faure said in New York.

Faure made the statement on Monday in his address at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, State House said.

This year, a true son of Africa and a giant of history would have celebrated his 100th birthday. Today we have come together to commemorate the memory of a man who stood for social justice and universal peace, whilst also acknowledging his enduring legacy, said Faure.

Nelson Mandela was South Africa's first democratically-elected President from 1994 to 1999 and a promoter of global civil rights. The UNGA's peace summit in his honour offered to world leaders the opportunity to renew their commitment to global peace, conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, promotion and protection of human rights.

The President of Seychelles added that today, I renew my commitment to living by the ideals of the late Nelson Mandela and ensuring that his message of equality, democracy, dignity, and goodness lives on through the people I have been entrusted to serve.

Faure ended his address saying, As I conclude, I wish to join Seychelles to the values and principles of the Nelson Mandela Political Declaration that we adopt today.

Member states at the UN General Assembly were expected to adopt a historic Political Declaration declaring 2019-2028 the 'Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace,' and calling on all world leaders to redouble efforts to pursue international peace and security, development and human rights.

On Monday, the Seychelles' head of state also attended the 'Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem' hosted by Donald Trump, President of the United States of America.

Faure committed Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, to a political declaration proposed by the US which seeks to tackle the world drug problem in full conformity with international law, the United Nations Charter, and the Declaration of Human rights.

The member states present reaffirmed their commitment to address and counter the drug problem afflicting the world as a whole.

The UN General Assembly continues on Tuesday with the beginning of the general debate which gives member states the opportunity to address the international community.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

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