Mandela postpones trip to New York after terror attacks

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In the wake of last Tuesday's terror attacks in America, former South African President Nelson Mandela has postponed a visit to New York, earlier planned for next week.
Mandela was due to address the UN General Assembly's Special Session on Children, which has been postponed.
UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy said the work of helping the world's neediest children would continue "with deepened resolve".
The UN Special Session on Children - to be attended by more than 70 Heads of State - was to have taken place from 19 to 21 September in New York City.
It was to have reviewed global progress for children since 1990 and set new goals for the decade ahead.
While planned activities in South Africa are also being postponed until further notice, UNICEF Representative in the country Jesper Morch emphasised the agency's continued support for government and civil society initiatives to protect children, empower families, reduce poverty and build a culture of human rights.
He insisted that "it is only through children's and young people's meaningful participation in events such as the UN Special Session, country level activity and the development process in general that a truly broad based movement for children can be realised and significant progress in the well being of children achieved.

14 september 2001 12:11:00

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