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UNFPA Suriname celebrates Mandela Day

  • 24 July 2019 |

The United Nations Population Fund Suriname celebrated Nelson Mandela on July 18th on the 10th anniversary of the International Mandela Day by providing a presentation regarding SDG 5, Gender Equality. This presentation was conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Bureau Gender Affairs (BGA) from the Ministry of Home affairs. Although the focus of this presentation was primarily on the Gender Vision Policy Document 2021-2035 and Gender Action Plan 2019-2020 that were presented on July 5th, 2019 by the government of Suriname, Mandela’s values and dedication to conflict resolution, race relations, human rights, reconciliation, gender equality, the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice were also highlighted. The students of the Academy for Higher Art and Culture Education (AHKCO), who were part of the audience, were also encouraged to take action and inspire change by devoting time to community service, but to also think about creative ways to inform the general public regarding Gender Equality.

Original story posted on UN Suriname website


Message on Nelson Mandela Day - 18 July 2019

  • 17 July 2019 |

On this day, we pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time.  Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice.  He lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them. 

Nelson Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.  As we work collectively for peace, stability, sustainable development and human rights for all, we would be well served to recall the example set by Nelson Mandela.  

Our best tribute is found in actions.  Nelson Mandela’s message to the world is clear.  Every one of us can step up and act for enduring change.  We all have the duty to do so.  On this day of reflection on Nelson Mandela’s life and work, let us embrace his legacy and aspire to emulate his example.


Summer school learns about Nelson Mandela

  • 18 July 2016 |

UN Informatoin Centre (UNIC ) team was invited to visit with the Healing With Horses rehabilitation programme summer camp 2016.  The children participated in different activities like planting trees, art projects and of course spending time with the horses.  The Children exhibited their creative side by creating art using non-traditional media, like dried pods from trees, coconut shells and other natural items. UNIC took the opportunity to teach the children about Nelson Mandela, his story of triumph over adversity and his contribution to a better world. Then it was the young people's turn to share their thoughts and feelings about Mandela.

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