Barbados PM Mottley gives annual Mandela lecture in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Mia MottleyBarbados’ first female Prime Minister, recently awarded by the UN for her work to raise awareness about climate change, will deliver this year’s prestigious Nelson Mandela Lecture, the Nelson Mandela FoundationNMF) said.
The Nelson Mandela Annual lecture is a platform to stimulate debate on important social issues.
It encourages the public, both local and international, to engage in a dialogue, often on societal issues facing society worldwide.
In 2021, Motley was crowned Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program for her work raising awareness of the crisis that climate change poses for developing countries.
“Her Excellency Mia Mottley was recently crowned Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Program for her incredible work raising the alarm about the crisis that climate change is bringing to vulnerable developing countries,” said NMF CEO Sello Hatang on Friday.
Motley, 56, is following in the footsteps of former ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and former US President Barack Obama, who have delivered the prestigious lecture in the past.
“The theme for the 20th reading will explore issues of climate change and food insecurity, supported by our social bonding practice,” NMF said in a statement.
This 20th edition of the annual event takes place in November in the coastal city of Durban. The exact date and location of the lecture will be announced later, the organization said.
This year’s event was to show solidarity with the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the neighboring provinces of the Eastern Cape, which have suffered for a year from devastating riots, inter-communal violence and flooding that left thousands homeless, it said. the NMF.
The lecture is held each year in memory of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s internationally respected first democratically elected president after decades of white minorities under apartheid.
Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisoner before leading the country to freedom.

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