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Permanent Memorial on Slavery planned for HQ in 2012 - Russell Simmons to lead the effort
20 May 2009 / 09:28

[New York | Author: DPI/iSeek]

Russell Simmons | Courtesy: Gary Gershoff/WireImage.comOn 20 May 2009 in the ECOSOC Chamber at Headquarters in New York, hip-hop pioneer and renowned celebrity, Russell Simmons, is being confirmed as the Goodwill Ambassador for the Permanent Memorial at the United Nations to honor the victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. [10:00 a.m. webcast]

The event also serves as the official launch of the Trust Fund for the Permanent Memorial. Senior UN Officials, Permanent Representatives, the diplomatic community and media will attend the ceremony.

The Permanent Memorial is planned to be completed in 2012. Staff members and visitors will be able to observe it at a place of prominence at United Nations Headquarters in New York, "in acknowledgement of the tragedy and in consideration of the legacy of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade." [General Assembly resolution 63/5]

Nearly two months ago, on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade was observed. The importance of further educating and informing future generations about the causes, consequences and lessons of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade remains, with the need to bridge the immense knowledge gap about the four-hundred-year-long Transatlantic Slave Trade and its lasting consequences, felt throughout the world.

Mr. Russell Simmons, a New Yorker and leading celebrity, is well known for his pioneering entrepreneurship, philanthropy, groundbreaking vision and remarkable generosity towards youth.

The Permanent Memorial, honoring the memory of the victims of slavery, will be administered through the Permanent Memorial Fund by the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP).