World democracy and freedom under attack: Prince Harry at the UN

World democracy and freedom under attack: Prince Harry at the UN

Prince Harry cited the ongoing fallout from the pandemic and climate change.

United Nations:

Britain’s Prince Harry told the United Nations on Monday that the breach of constitutional rights in the United States was part of a “global attack on democracy and freedom”.

The Duke of Sussex addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day.

“It’s been a painful year in a painful decade,” the royal told representatives.

He cited the continuing fallout from the pandemic, climate change, propaganda and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, before pointing to the Supreme Court’s recent overturning of America’s nationwide right to abortion.

“From the terrible war in Ukraine to the withdrawal of constitutional rights here in the United States, we are witnessing a global attack on the democracy and freedom that led to Mandela’s life,” Harry said.

The royal paid tribute to South African anti-apartheid hero Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison before being elected the country’s first black leader, “not only a man of conscience” but a “man of action”.

Harry, 37, invoked that spirit to urge leaders to tackle climate change, as his wife Meghan Markle watched from the chamber.

“Today we are sitting here, our world is on fire again,” said the prince, adding that “historic weather events are no longer historic.”

“More and more, they are part of our daily lives. And this crisis will only get worse unless our leaders take the lead.

“Until the countries that represent the seats in this hallowed hall make the courageous, transformative decisions that our world needs to save humanity,” he said.

The General Assembly designated July 18, Mandela’s birthday, as Nelson Mandela Day in 2009 to honor his life and legacy.

Assembly Speaker Abdullah Shahid and New York City Mayor Eric Adams were among other delegates to deliver the speech.

In a private moment, Harry said that a photo of his mother, Princess Diana, with Mandela “is on my wall and in my heart every day.”

It was taken in Cape Town in 1997, a few months before Diana’s death in a car accident in Paris.

Harry said, “When I first looked at the photo, the joy that was on my mother’s face jumped straight up. Playfulness, flirtation, even communicating with another soul committed to the service of humanity.” of pure joy,” said Harry.

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