CNRG Among the100 Sparks of Hope to Commemorate NelsonMandela’s Centenary

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Today, the 18th of July, Nelson Mandela would have turned 100!

Today in Johannesburg the Elders, in partnership with Sparks of Hope will honor one hundred organizations from around the world whose work advances the ideals and goals of equality and human dignity pursued by Nelson Mandela. We are very much humbled that Centre for Natural Resource Governance (CNRG) was selected to be a Spark of Hope whose story will be told by The Elders. We feel delighted for this recognition in honor of a freedom icon who, though departed, continues to speak to the world through his phenomenal struggle for human dignity.


According to Sparks of Hope our ‘inspirational work to accelerate the freedoms for peace, health justice and equality in your communities and around the world has become the rallying cry The Elders had hoped for’.


On Madiba’s birthday, 18 July, The Elders, including Kofi Annan, Graça Machel, Mary Robinson, Lakhdar Brahimi and Martti Ahtisaari, along with Sparks of Hope will lead a symbolic walk through Joburg with around 2,000 young people joining in.


CNRG joins the rest of the world in celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela and we will continue to honor him through our struggles against resource looting and violence in the Zimbabwe’s extractive sector and indeed as part of global movements fighting the same. We remain strong and resolute in our struggle to ensure that natural resources contribute towards the attainment of sustainable development goals on the African continent as opposed to financing conflict, bad governance and fueling illicit financial flows.

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