UN Secretary General to celebrates Mandela’s 91st Birthday
Posted on July 17th, 2009

By Janaka Alahapperuma

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon will attend an event marking the 91st birthday of former South African President Nelson Mandela on 18th July (today) at 3:00 pm in Grand Central Station. Among other things, he will sign a Volunteer Scroll to pledge 67 minutes of volunteer work to honor Nelson Mandela.

United Nations Head Quarters in New York has issued a special message on be half of the the Secretary-General, calling Mandela a living embodiment of the highest values of the United Nations. The Secretary-General’s message further says that to this day, Mandela works tirelessly for peace and human dignity throughout the world. His engagement in the fight against AIDS broke new ground against stigma. Above all, the Secretary-General says, Mandela has shown the difference one person can make in the face of injustice, conflict, poverty and disease

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