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The IORA-Nelson Mandela Be the Legacy Programme

2018 marked the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and provided an opportunity for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) to solidify the historical link it has with the global icon by contributing to another of his visions: to change the world for the better. To this end, “The IORA-Nelson Mandela Be the Legacy Internship Programme” was launched during the 18th Council of Ministers’ (COM) meeting held on 2 November 2018 in Durban, South Africa.

This was further reiterated in the “Special Declaration on the Commemoration of the Centenary of the Birth of Nelson Mandela” and the eThekwini Communique, adopted by the Ministers and Heads of Delegation of IORA Member States at the COM meeting.

The long-term objective of seconding officials from IORA Member States to intern at the IORA Secretariat in Mauritius will be to create a strong and growing base of young people in the Indian Ocean Region that understand and support the need to safeguard an Indian Ocean that is safe, secure and develops sustainably. The programme will also serve to strengthen the capacity of the IORA Secretariat as called for in the IORA Action Plan.


Owing to the current COVID-19 global pandemic the commencement of the Programme has been postponed until the international travel and health situation is conducive to hosting the Programme.


For more details, please contact the National Focal Point (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) of your IORA Member State. 

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