|Persian book containing Nelson Mandela’s speeches introduced at Tehran center||
Published by the Art and Cultural Organization of the Tehran Municipality in collaboration with the United Nations Information Center in Tehran, the book was inaugurated in the presence of Gary Lewis, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Iran, the Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa R.G. Whitehead, and a group of art and cultural figures.
Speaking at the ceremony, Lewis shared some thoughts that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had said about Mandela.
“On the 18th of July of this year, which is Mandela’s birthday, our Secretary General called upon the people of the planet to call for action and inspire change and to make the human family build a peaceful, equitable and sustainable world. Ban Ki-moon went on to add that this is the best tribute that we can pay to an extraordinary man who embodies the highest values of humanity,” said Lewis at the ceremony as part of the speech he delivered.
The ambassador next read a message from the Nelson Mandela Foundation, stressing on the protection of human rights and respect for all people.
He added that Mandela is not only in the hearts of African individuals, but also in the hearts of all of the people in the world.
Next, a portrait of Mandela by Iranian artist Alipur (first name not given) was unveiled on the sidelines of the program.
The ceremony continued with a music video featuring the life and battles of Mandela as well as a music performance with the central theme of peace and friendship.
A photo exhibit on Mandela was set up on the side section.
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