Flashback: Madam Sirleaf with Ex-South African President Jacob Zuma in 2008.Former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is currently in South Africa to participate in celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela’s birth, a dispatch has said.On Tuesday, July 17, according to the dispatch, former United States President Barack Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture.It may be recalled that in 2008, former President Sirleaf delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tuesday’s lecture was preceded by a panel discussion that featured former President Sirleaf, former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the former Foreign Affairs Minister of Algeria Lakhdar Brahimi at the Obama Foundation gathering of young African leaders.Those events were also preceded by the launch of the “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program,” a year-long initiative of leaders of Africa that will connect 200 emerging leaders from across the African continent to take on challenges in their communities.Four Liberians, including H. Zaizay, Gbovadeh Gbilia, Jarius Greaves and Mlen-Too Wesley, were selected to form part of the inaugural class of the “Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program.” They joined 196 young leaders from 43 other African countries to benefit from a year-long leadership development and civic engagement program aimed at training, supporting, and connecting emerging African leaders as a means to creating positive change in their communities.In a related development, Madam Sirleaf will today join the Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights, in highlighting the extraordinary contributions made by a group of 100 brilliant grassroots organizations.Those organizations, classified as “Sparks of Hope,” are positively impacting communities in Africa and across the globe.As part of today’s events, Madam Sirleaf will again join a panel discussion with Madam Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, and Raj Panjabi, Co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, which is one of the “100 Sparks of Hope.”Today’s discussion will center on world peace, access to health, justice, and equality.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Gururgam: After the rumours of a Kashmiri boy in Pathredi village of Gurugram facing threats doing the rounds, the Gurugram police have met the boy and assured him of the safety.The youth works in an e-commerce company and is residing as a tenant. The law enforcement officials not only increased the security around the area but have also told the landowner of the building to be vigilant and inform the police of any wrongdoings. The Gurugram police have also urged people to not use social media platforms to spread rumours and hatred. There are a large number of Kashmiri professionals, businessmen and even students. Taking cognisance of the security of the Kashmiri student the colleges have already begun taking measures. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe department of higher education has directed colleges to ensure that adequate security measures are adopted to ensure the safety of students from Jammu and Kashmir. Colleges have also been asked to maintain a vigil on the circulation of false, unverified news, rumours and unscrupulous messages through social media. Officials of SGT University, in Budhera, have also taken precautionary steps. “As per the guidelines issued by the higher education department, we are ensuring that students of our university stay safe. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsWe have a police post on the premises of the university and police have extended their support. As a precautionary measure, the registrar has shared the contact details of the students with the police,” said Rajneesh Yadav, public relations officer of the university. “We are a secular university and do not differentiate between any students on the basis of their geographical location, be it any place in India or outside. The advisory issued by the government has been shared with the university’s hostels and various departments. The security of Kashmiri students is of primary importance for us,” said GS Bal, dean of student welfare, Amity University, Gurugram. The university has 72 students from Jammu and Kashmir in undergraduate and postgraduate courses
UNICEF has appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.“We are deeply honoured that Zade Dirani has accepted this role. His appointment will be a strong contribution to furthering the rights of children. His amazing talent is critical at a time when the region is in dire need for peace, tolerance, and cultural understanding” said Saad Houry, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.The founder of the Zade Foundation for International Peace and Understanding, Dirani is known for his work to help young musicians promote peace and cultural understanding. Over the past years, he has worked with aspiring and world renowned musicians to spread the message of peace and co-existence, including a much acclaimed concert for peace “One Night in Jordan,” where he was accompanied by musicians from some 40 countries.“I am delighted to be a Regional Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Dirani. “I firmly believe that music transcends borders and is a powerful tool for peace and mutual respect. As we look around our region, we are reminded how critical it is to continue to raise our voices for the protection of children, especially the most vulnerable. History will judge us harshly if we fail them.”Referred to by some as a ‘piano prodigy,’ Dirani has released several billboard charting albums, and performed around the world, including by invitation of the Jordanian Royal Family. He has also performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and the late Nelson Mandela.Dirani joins a prestigious group of UNICEF Regional Ambassadors for the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iraqi composer and singer Kadim Al-Sahir; Lebanese entertainer Nancy Ajram; and Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.