Paying tribute to Nelson Mandela, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has said Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.
‘We pay tribute to an extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality, and one of the most iconic and inspirational leaders of our time,’ said the UN chief in a message marking the Nelson Mandela International Day that falls on July 18.
Guterres said Nelson Mandela exemplified courage, compassion and commitment to freedom, peace and social justice.
The UN chief said Mandela lived by these principles and was prepared to sacrifice his liberty and even his life for them.
He said Mandela’s calls for social cohesion and an end to racism are particularly relevant today, with hate speech casting a growing shadow around the world.
‘As we work collectively for peace, stability, sustainable development and human rights for all, we would be well served to recall the example set by Nelson Mandela,’ Guterres said.
‘Our best tribute is found in actions. Nelson Mandela’s message to the world is clear. Every one of us can step up and act for enduring change. We all have the duty to do so. On this day of reflection on Nelson Mandela’s life and work, let us embrace his legacy and aspire to emulate his example,’ said the UN chief in his message.
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