Nelson Mandela honored with Humanitarian Achievement Award
Newscast Media SOWETO—Nelson Mandela was given a Humanitarian Achievement
Award at this year’s South-South Awards ceremony here on Sunday night.
The former South African president, a global icon for peace and freedom, was
awarded for his outstanding leadership for human rights and development. His wife,
Graca Machel, received a Humanitarian Achievement Recognition for her tireless
advocacy for education, children’s welfare and culture.
Mandela and Machel have both contributed greatly to development and human rights
across Africa and the whole world. Their most recent initiative, Legacy of Hope, was
formed to fund the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa
and will bring free healthcare to children in South Africa.
The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero was admitted to hospital on June 8 for a
recurring lung infection. On Sept. 1, Mandela was discharged from hospital.
At the Sunday ceremony, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, the president of Costa Rica,
Khalifa bin Saliman Al-Khalifa, the prime minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and Josaia
Voreqe Bainimarama, the prime minister of Fiji, were given this year’s Global
Governance Leadership award.
The Global Governance Leadership Awards are presented to individuals who have
made distinctive contributions to sustainable development, the youth, e-governance,
and information and communications technology.
The theme of this year’s award ceremony is “Innovation and Technology for
“South-South cooperation offers real, concrete solutions to common development
challenges,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message to the ceremony.
“Sharing best practices, funding pilot projects in far-flung locales, providing the
capital to scale-up successful projects, supplying regional public goods, developing
and adapting appropriate technologies, these are the opportunities that the
international community needs to better leverage.”