Govt welcomes Mandela's appointment as goodwill envoy

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South Africa government Friday said it welcomed the appointment of former President Nelson Mandela as goodwill ambassador for UNESCO.
The director general of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, conferred the position on Mandela on Tuesday.
"This honour comes a few days before former President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 87th birthday on the 18 July.
"President Thabo Mbeki, the entire South African government and the people of South Africa join the international community in commending President Mandela for a life well lived and that continues to draw inspiration from his world-wide achievements," a statement issued by the foreign ministry said.
The ministry also noted that Mandela has made a concerted effort to build schools in South Africa, especially in historically disadvantaged areas with the help of the public and private sectors, in line with the ideals of UNESCO and in support of the UN-inspired Millennium Development Goals.
UNESCO goodwill ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread the ideals of UNESCO through their name and fame.

15 july 2005 13:12:00




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