Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director Statement of Condolence Nelson Mandela

 

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director Statement of Condolence Nelson Mandela

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UNICEF joins millions of people around the world who mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Today we have all lost a hero, a powerful champion for children.
(Left-right) South African Kamo Masilo, a 12-year-old boy, and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela join hands in Maputo, the capital, having each made their individual pledge in support of 'Say Yes' at the campaign's web site. Kamo recently participated with Mr. Mandela in the filming of a television public service announcement (PSA) to help launch the Global Movement for Children.  On 21 April 2001 in Mozambique, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela and Mozambican child rights advocate Graca Machel joined 12-year-old South African Kamo Masilo to 'Say Yes for Children', an unprecedented global sign-up campaign in support of 10 overarching imperatives to improve and protect the lives of children. These are: Leave No Child Out; Put Children First; Care for Every Child; Fight HIV/AIDS; Stop Harming and Exploiting Children; Listen to Children; Educate Every Child; Protect Children from War; Protect the Earth for Children; and Fight Poverty: Invest in Children. Launching internationally on 26 April in London, the United Kingdom, 'Say Yes for Children' promises to gather millions of pledges through a worldwide outreach, from hamlets to urban centres, on paper and via the Internet. These pledges will be tallied through September of this year and presented to Heads of State and Government at the United Nations Special Session on Children, to be held 19-21 September at United Nations Headquarters. The campaign is the first major initiative of the Global Movement for Children (GMC), a coalition of some of the world's largest child rights organizations in a unique partnership to raise awareness about issues affecting children. Since Mr. Mandela and Ms. Machel launched the leadership initiative in support of the GMC in May 2000, other world leaders, celebrities and notables -- including United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and prominent US businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates -- are also playing key roles in the 'Say Yes for Children' campaign. The 'Say Yes' pledge form and additional information can be found at: www.gmfc.org.
The father of his nation, Nelson Mandela devoted much of his work to children.  In 2002, he urged that Heads of State at the UN Special Session for Children endorse increased health and education resources for children.  In 2004, through his Foundation and in partnership with the Hamburg Society and UNICEF, Mandela launched the Schools for Africa campaign to enroll two million African children in school.  He started his own children’s fund and fought passionately, with his wife, Graça Machel, and the Global Movement for Children and UNICEF, to put children at the heart of the global development agenda.
Madiba touched the lives of millions of children.  They are a central part of his legacy.
Our deepest condolences go to his wife, Graça Machel, his family and his nation.