'Emulate his example' urges UN chief as world celebrates Nelson Mandela: a ‘global advocate for dignity and equality’ 

Nelson Mandela was an “extraordinary global advocate for dignity and equality” who anyone in public service should seek to emulate, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message marking the International Day that honours the iconic anti-apartheid campaigner, and South Africa’s first democratically-elected President. 

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UN: Can you spare 67 minutes to take action on Nelson Mandela Day?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among citizens around the world who will be volunteering 67 minutes of their time on Friday, Nelson Mandela Day, to make a small gesture in solidarity with humanity – one minute for every year of the South African leader’s public service.

General Assembly establishes UN prize in honour of late Nelson Mandela

The General Assembly today established the “United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize” as a tribute to the achievements and contributions of the late South African leader who inspired not only his own country but the rest of the world.

UN General Assembly pays tribute to legacy of Nelson Mandela

The President of the General Assembly today encouraged the United Nations to honour Nelson Mandela “by letting his legacy live on” in the world body’s continued struggle against poverty, injustice and the destruction of the human person and human spirit.

Mandela’s life serves as inspiration for entire world, Ban says at memorial service

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the late Nelson Mandela, telling the tens of thousands gathered at the memorial service held in Johannesburg that the life and legacy of the former South African president was an inspiration not only for his country but for the world.

UN chief in South Africa to attend memorial service for Nelson Mandela

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is in Johannesburg, where he will join scores of world leaders at the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday.

UN honours Nelson Mandela as champion of peace, reconciliation

The United Nations family today mourned the loss – and celebrated the enduring legacy – of Nelson Mandela, the former South African leader and peace advocate who passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

FEATURE: UN Staff fondly remember 'Madiba'

The late Nelson Mandela embodied many of the ideals of the United Nations, so it is no wonder that the life and work of the former South African President and champion of peace are an enduring source of inspiration for many of the world body's staff, beginning with the Secretary-General himself.

UN chief pays tribute to life and legacy of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his profound sadness at the passing of Nelson Mandela, extolling the life of the late human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, international peacemaker and first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa as an inspiration for all.