Prince Harry to invoke Nelson Mandela’s ‘legacy’ in UN speech on climate change

The Duke of Sussex will invoke the “memories and legacy” of Nelson Mandela on Monday when he addresses the United Nations on food security and climate change.

Prince Harry, 37, will be the keynote speaker at the annual event marking Nelson Mandela International Day in New York.

He will be accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, for what will be their first public appearance since they flew to the UK for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Duke’s remarks “will be around the memories and legacy of Mandela and what has been learned from his struggle and his life that can help up face the new challenges in the world today”, according to South Africa’s UN mission.

The world still faces challenges that were there during Mandela’s life including racial intolerance, the divide between rich and poor, hunger and food insecurity, a mission diplomat said.

Since moving to the US, the Duke and Duchess’s Archewell foundation has worked closely with World Central Kitchen, building relief centers in areas affected by natural disaster, including Puerto Rico and Mumbai.

In 2009, the UN General Assembly declared Mandela’s July 18 birthday Nelson Mandela International Day in order to celebrate his life and encourage community and humanitarian action.

This year the Nelson Mandela Foundation is highlighting the plight of food security and climate change, urging people: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”


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