Barbados Prime Minister Mottley to deliver annual Mandela lecture in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Mia MotleyBarbados’ first female Prime Minister, who was recently recognized by the UN for her work in raising awareness on climate change, will deliver the prestigious Nelson Mandela Lecture this year, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) said.
The Nelson mandela The annual conference is a platform to animate the debate on important social issues.
It encourages audiences, both locally and internationally, to engage in dialogue, often about social issues facing society around the world.
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 in sounding the alarm about the crisis that climate change poses to vulnerable developing states,” said Friday. Sello Hatang, CEO of NMF.
Motley, 56, follows 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 conference will explore issues of climate change and food insecurity, underpinned by our practice of social connection,” NMF said in a statement.
This 20th edition of the annual event will take place in the coastal city of Durban in November. The exact date and location of the conference will be announced later, he added.
This year’s event was intended to show solidarity with the people of KwaZulu-Natal and neighboring Eastern Cape provinces, who have endured a year of devastating riots, inter-communal violence and flooding that left thousands homeless, the NMF said.
The conference is held annually in memory of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected and internationally respected president after decades of white minority rule during the apartheid era.
Mandela spent 27 years as a political prisoner before leading the country to freedom.


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