12 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes

Every July 18, the world celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day – a day to recognize Mandela’s contributions to freedom, equality, and human rights and to follow his example of service to build a better world.

To get inspired, here is a list of 12 amazing quotes from Madiba.                                         

1.    “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

2.    “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”

3.      “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love,

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MMS&UN News -July

8th July, Thematic Debate on inequality: The UN Secretary General Ban ki- moon said at the thematic debate on inequalities. “If inequalities continue to widen, development will not be sustainable, that is why equity is emerging as a central plank in discussions on the post 2015 development Agenda ; Tackling inequality, eradicating poverty and promoting shared prosperity must be at the heart of sustainable Development agenda’. The president of the GA quoted major religious scriptures and said, “God shows no partiality”. Most of the speakers mentioned social justice as the key ingredient for a sustainable world. Over all, it was a call for a new world order based on social justice and human rights. Even though the UN is far from its ideal, looking at it from a faith based perspective, the session was very refreshing.

10th July, New chief for UN Women: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, a former deputy …

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July 12th -Malala Day at the UN

Secretary-General, at Youth Assembly Featuring  Malala Day

Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks to the Youth Assembly on Malala Day, in New York, on 12 July:

Welcome to the United Nations.  It is wonderful to see you all here.

Before I begin, I would like to thank the President of the General Assembly for his leadership in organizing this very meaningful Youth Assembly today, honouring Malala, our hero, our champion.  And I would like to also thank the extraordinary leadership of our United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, for his strong commitment and raising the awareness of global education.  It is a great pleasure to have again Malala, our champion, among us in celebrating her sixteenth birthday.

Today, youth of the world are taking over the United Nations.  This United Nations is occupied by youth delegates.  I welcome it.  You are sending a message — a …

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World Population Day – July 11th

The United Nations says culturally appropriate youth education is needed to combat high teenage pregnancy rates across the globe.

About 16 million girls under 18 years of age give birth each year across the world and 3.2 million have unsafe abortions, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Dr Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Pacific director and representative, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat it is a lost opportunity when girls have babies “before their time”.

“They’re unable to fulfill their full potential in terms of education…, their contribution to their families and to themselves, and to the economy,” she said.

The UNFPA is using World Population Day on July 11 to urge nations to help in “breaking the cycle” of teenage pregnancy with targeted education and reproductive health services. More than 500 million of the world’s 600 million girls are in developing countries, according to the UNFPA.

Girls are staying …

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New Chief for UN Women

South African politician Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka will replace Chilean presidential candidate Michele Bachelet as head of U.N. Women, U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced on Wednesday.

Mlambo-Nguka, former deputy president under Thabo Mbeki (2005-2008), is a known advocate for womens rights and pushed for the government’s anti-AIDS policies to expand treatment, testing and prevention programs at a time when South Africa was still struggling to admit it had a problem with the disease.She was the first African woman to hold that post. She  has also served as Deputy minister i n the department of  Trade and Industry and minister of Trade and Industry.

 

The 57-year-old “has proven to be a ground breaker and a formidable champion for women and girls,” United Nations Foundation president and CEO Kathy Calvin said in a statement.

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Address Climate Change to end Poverty

 

Ending Poverty Includes Tackling Climate Change

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim

July 10, 2013

Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp.

But poverty reduction and climate change are linked. We have powerful new evidence that even if  climate change falls short of the much-discussed 4°C warmer world, we could witness the rolling back of decades of development gains and force tens of millions more to live in poverty.

If we don’t confront climate change, we won’t end poverty.

To help our clients prepare for the risks of a warming planet, we asked the scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Climate Analytic in Germany to examine the impacts of climate change on three …

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