Nobel Peace Prize Laureate to speak at O’Connor Institute luncheon

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former President of South Africa F.W. de Klerk will be the featured guest for the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Distinguished Speakers Series, in collaboration with Arizona State University and ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management.

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F.W. de Klerk

President de Klerk will speak on the topic of developing world-developing leaders at a luncheon on Monday, Sept. 26 at the Omni Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley.

In 1993, the Nobel Peace Prize was presented to de Klerk and Nelson Mandela “for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa.”
Mr. de Klerk was president of South Africa from 1989 to 1994, during which time he worked with Nelson Mandela to successfully end the country’s apartheid system of racial segregation, expanding citizenship for its people.

During his first speech as president of South Africa in 1989, Mr. de Klerk called for an end to apartheid. He ordered Nelson Mandela released from prison and lifted the ban on the African National Congress party. Subsequently, President de Klerk focused on ending apartheid and establishing a racially integrated democracy, meeting with several black leaders, including Mr. Mandela, who became president of the ANC in 1991.

During the nation’s first free election in 1994, Mr. Mandela was elected president of South Africa and Mr. de Klerk became his first deputy. That same year, following arduous negotiations between black and white leaders, legislation was passed that repealed discriminatory laws in South Africa. With President Mandela, Mr. de Klerk worked to draft a new and inclusive constitution to extend political, economic, and social rights to all South Africans.

Today, President de Klerk campaigns for peace and justice worldwide. He serves as the chairman of the Global Leadership Foundation, a Switzerland-based nonprofit organization he founded in 2004, which makes available the experience of former leaders to today’s national leaders.

The august 35-member group is comprised of former presidents, prime ministers, senior government ministers and other distinguished leaders from around the globe, drawn together by a desire to strengthen democratic leadership and improve human rights worldwide.

We extend our appreciation to Ambassador Barbara Barrett for making President De Klerk’ visit to Phoenix possible — one of Go to www.OConnorInstitute.org.

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