Andries Nel at International meeting for peace
South Africa’s Deputy Minister for Justice and Constitutional Development, Andries Nel, recently attended an international meeting for peace hosted by the Community of Sant’Egidi in Barcelona, Spain.
Nel made two interesting inputs at the meeting – the first is on the theme, There Can Be No Justice Without Life, and Nel calls for the intensification of the international campaign against the death penalty. He also maintained that “life can only be full and complete in conditions of social justice”, and underscored the importance of implementing the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and reforming “institutions of global governance to reflect the need for a just world order.”
In the second input, made during a panel discussion, he discusses how the values of the Freedom Charter – including respect for human rights, promotion of democracy, peace, justice and international rule of law – are continually enacted in South African society, as well as the role of ubuntu in foreign policy engagements. He also notes that the theme of the ANC’s centenary in 2012 will be “Unity in Diversity”.