Over a dozen African leaders joined their peers from across the world for a major event at the ongoing 73rd United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, at the UN Headquarters in NY.
Nelson Mandela's widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honour his legacy by ending the "senseless violence" plaguing too much of the world.
He thanks the UN Secretary General and others for organizing the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit to honour such a great humanitarian leader who showed the path of true reconciliation to the world.
eNCA's Khayelihle Khumalo is there.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in NY extolled the huge values embodied by the late South African President and Nobel Peace Winner, Nelson Mandela.
President Lungu told other world leaders that the legacy of Nelson Mandela of peace deserves the commendation of the entire global community. Over the ensuing decades, he became a Nobel peace laureate and global statesman.
The Plenary Session of the Mandela Peace Summit will also adopt a Political Declaration covering policing guidelines for a gamut of areas including peace, democracy, rule of law and human rights.
"We will continue to speak up for the refugees of Rohingya, for the Yazidis of northern Iraq, for the people of Venezuela. Canada will always stand tall for democracy, the rule of law and human rights at home and overseas".
The summit included the delivery of statements by African leaders on the impact that the former anti-apartheid leader had on the world.
Trudeau is leading a large Canadian delegation that also includes several cabinet ministers, including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland who will address the General Assembly instead of Trudeau.
"As Mandela passes into history, we stand with him in his aspirations for a better world". But there is full and open, complete communication between Prime Minister Trudeau and President Trump.
The governor said he was optimistic that at the next meeting of the Council on Prerogative of Mercy, the president would officially grant the pardon.
Trudeau is also scheduled to attend a meeting of the UN's economic and social council to talk about how to finance that group's efforts to advance sustainable development by the year 2030, and attend a roundtable of leaders in girls' education.
The hub in particular aims to improve the representation of women and other marginalized groups in sustainable infrastructure, develop infrastructure in emerging markets and ensure facilities are created to be resilient to the effects of climate change.