Ramaphosa unveils Mandela statue in NY

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the UN General Assembly on 24 September 2018 during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to address the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit Sept. 24, 2018, a day before the start of the General Debate of the 73rd session of the General Assembly at the United Nations in NY. This would form part of the build-up to South Africa's International Investment Conference which would take place on October 26 and 27, with a focus on bringing investment of US100 billion into the South African economy over the next five years, Diko said.

"The people of our country, united in their diversity, revere Nelson Mandela as the founding father of our democratic nation - whose life, sacrifices and extraordinary contribution to freedom continues to inspire successive generations", he said.

The 1.9m statue of Mandela, born 100 years ago, with arms outstretched at the U.N. building in NY, once unveiled be the first time a statue of a person will reside in the United Nations headquarters.

Zimbabwe's Head of State and Government is expected to present a statement at the Summit in support of the "Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace". United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters "Everybody in the United Nations will be constantly inspired" by the statue.

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Trudeau kicked off his visit to the UN General Assembly today by taking part in the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, timed to mark this year's 100th birthday of the former South African president.

"President Mandela firmly believed that the United Nations was the most valuable and effective instrument for the advancement of peace, development and equality that humanity had conceived".

The life-size statue of Mandela was unveiled at the UN General Assembly, New York.


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