THE Philippines has joined in the adoption of a “Political Declaration” to redouble efforts in building a just, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and fair world.
At the same time, the Philippines also paid tribute to the late South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela at a peace summit in honor of the centenary anniversary of his birth.
Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. honored the legacy of Mandela as a freedom fighter and a nation-builder.
“Nelson Mandela, ‘Madiba,’ embodied the highest ideals of humanity -- courage and compassion, humility and harmony, intelligence and integrity, respect and reconciliation, tolerance and total commitment to justice, and personified the values of the United Nations -- social justice, promotion and protection of human rights, the fight against poverty and discrimination, and peace and freedom,” Locsin said.
In accordance with a UN resolution on the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit adopted by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a political Declaration at the opening of the Summit on September 24.
It is a political document which includes, among others, a commitment to revive the values for which Mr. Mandela stood by placing human dignity at the center of the international community’s actions.