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Message from the UN Resident Coordinator on the sad passing away of Mr. Nelson Mandela - a living legend
6 December 2013

Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa,
addresses the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall.

I once served the UN in South Africa. And I had the privilege of being in Mr. Mandela's presence. What inspired me most was not so much the man himself, but the effect he had on everyone in else in the room. We all seemed to be thinking: "If, after all that has happened to him, he can show such compassion, such inclusiveness, such grace, if only we could be more like him." Truly the world has lost an icon.

Thank you-Sir-for personifying those timeless United Nations values: peace, human rights, justice, development... In Larger Freedom.


UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis at Nelson Mandela Internatinal Day ceremony
Photo: Amir Kholousi- ISNA
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