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Planting trees to fight climate change
"Tree of Peace" at the Durban ICC
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The symbolic planting of a "Tree of Peace" at the Durban ICC, the home of Africa's first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Inkosi Albert Luthuli, was part of the "Plant Trees not Bombs" global campaign to promote global peace and highlight the impact of climate change. The "Tree of Peace" was planted at the Durban ICC adjacent to a highly visible exterior wall on which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were painted, commemorating this event and making it a place of peace and reflection. The tree was planted by South Africa's Minister of Defence, Honourable Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, where she committed the South African National Defence Force to plant one million trees by September 2020. Minister Mapisa-Nqakula also challenged militaries across the world to join the campaign to achieve the target of planting 75-million trees by September 2020, in time for the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. United Nations Under-Secretary General Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond said: "It's a great honour to be here and I think this is a wonderful campaign. Planting trees and highlighting this as the alternative to conflict is a very dignified and appropriate way to mark the 75th anniversary of an organisation that is struggling today, at least because of its mandate, to uphold peace and security to further social justice and human rights and to promote sustainable development." Durban ICC CEO Lindiwe Rakharebe said: "We are honoured to be planting this "Tree of Peace" at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, named in honour of Africa's first Nobel Peace Prize laureate. We are pleased to partner with the United Nations, Global Peace and the South African National Defence Force on this important worldwide initiative."