general secretary António Guterres describes the champion of a free and democratic South Africa, who spent nearly three decades in prison fighting the apartheid apartheid regime, as “one leader of unparalleled courage and high achievement; and a man of quiet dignity and profound humanity. “
Mr. Guterres, who said: “walk the path to freedom and dignity with iron determination – with compassion and love. “
He has proven through his life that everyone has the ability – and responsibility – to build a better future, the UN chief added.
UN photo / Evan Schneider
Looking for hope
“Our world today is ravaged by war; overwhelmed by emergencies; ravaged by racism, discrimination, poverty and inequality; and threatened by climate catastrophe. Let us find hope in Nelson Mandela’s example and inspiration in his vision. “
The best way to honor his legacy, is act, Mr. Guterres said in his video message. With hate speech on the rise around the world, everyone has a duty to speak up and stand up for human rights, “by embracing our common humanity – rich in diversity.” , equality in dignity, solidarity and unity”.
Together and by following Madiba’s example, we can make our world “more just, more compassionate, more prosperous and more sustainable for all”, concluded the Secretary-General.
UN photo / John Isaac
Special events in New York
With the theme of action and inspiring change, International Day will be celebrated through a special event at United Nations Headquarters in New York on Monday, where Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex , is expected to give a keynote speech.
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and President of the General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid, will also speak.
You can follow it all live on UN Online TVbegins at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.