Samoa PM addresses the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at UNGA

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Photo: Misiona Simo.

NEW YORK, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SAMOA GOVT) – Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High Level meeting on Global Peace this afternoon.

The Peace summit, named after the late President Nelson Mandela of South Africa was in his honour for his life-long contribution and commitment to global peace.

The United Nations leaders paid tribute to Mandela’s relentless commitment to global peace, denuclearisation, recognition of human rights and poverty alleviation.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa echoed similar sentiments, his message reflecting on Mandela’s legacy, as ‘a true selfless leader whose life personified humility, tolerance of differences and forgiveness underpinned by dedication to service for humanity and the promotion of peace’.

The Prime Minister added that the summit provides a clear message that peace and harmony remain global challenges to date, as citizens continue to face the realities of conflict, climate change impacts, ravages of natural disasters, continued suffering from unshakable poverty, discrimination and intolerance of diversity.

The UNGA had declared 2019-2028 as the “Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace” and adopted the Nelson Mandela Political Declaration at the conclusion of today’s Summit. The Declaration focuses on global peace, the need to redouble efforts to build a just, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and fair world, and reaffirms the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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