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UNOG Commemoration in Honour of Nelson Mandela

Commemoration in honour of the late former President of the Republic of South Africa
Mr. Nelson Mandela

A commemoration in honour of former President of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Mr. Nelson Mandela, was held on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room (Room XX).

The commemoration brought together the international community in Geneva to pay collective respect to one of the greatest leaders and most remarkable human beings of our time, salute his extraordinary courage, and be inspired by his struggle for freedom, equality and justice for all.

The commemoration included a message from the Secretary-General, a video message from the High Commissioner for Human Rights, remarks by the Permanent Representative of South Africa and the Permanent Observer of the African Union, and an address by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Those who were not able to participate may watch the archived webcast video at webtv.un.org.


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Secretary-General's message to Memorial Ceremony for Nelson Mandela


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Today, I, together with my colleagues, mourn the loss of the last of the giants.

Having met Nelson Mandela several times, I was always struck by his charisma, his wisdom and his humanity.

He was the embodiment of reconciliation and has inspired all of us in our quest for justice, peace and human rights.

As we mourn, we are comforted by his unique legacy of compassion, moral courage and strength of human spirit, which will continue to guide the work of the United Nations in Geneva.