United Nations messages on the passing of Nelson Mandela

Accra – In his message to mark this year’s Nelson Mandela International Day, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon clearly articulated the world’s impression of the man called Nelson Mandela: “…an extraordinary man who embodies the highest values of humanity…[and] we are united in admiration for a giant of our times.”

And on hearing of the news of his departure, Ban Ki-moon stated that “Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of his people and humanity, and he did so at great personal sacrifice.  His principled stance and the moral force that underpinned it were decisive in dismantling the system of apartheid….” He added that “…no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations…” than Mandela did.

Messages describing Mandela are flooding our media and social networks.  Read the messages from the UN compiled by UNIC Accra.