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NELSON MANDELA HAS SHOWN DIFFERENCE ONE PERSON CAN MAkE IN FACE OF INJUSTICE,
CONFLICT, POVERTY, DISEASE, SAYS SECRETARY-GENERAL IN OBSERVANCE OF DAY
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for Mandela Day, to be observed on Saturday, 18 July:
Nelson Mandela is a living embodiment of the highest values of the United Nations. His commitment to a democratic, multiracial South Africa; his steadfast pursuit of justice; his willingness to reconcile with those who persecuted him most –- these are just some of the hallmarks of a remarkable man. To this day, he works tirelessly for peace and human dignity throughout the world. His engagement in the fight against AIDS broke new ground against stigma. He is an exemplary global citizen.
What lessons he has taught us! How inspiring he has been, across the world, across the generations! Millions of people are better off thanks to his contributions; many have been moved to pursue lives of service in his image; many, facing tribulations of their own, have found both solace and fortitude in his example. Above all, he has shown the difference one person can make in the face of injustice, conflict, poverty and disease.
Nelson Mandela has made a lasting imprint on our lives. That is why I am so pleased to join people throughout the world in wishing him a happy ninety-first birthday. May we all continue to benefit from his wisdom, his good works and good humour for many years to come.
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