Video Message by António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, on the Occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day 2018
18 July 2018
Nelson Mandela was a towering global advocate for justice and equality.
He continues to inspire the world through his example of courage and compassion.
Nelson Mandela was held captive for many years. But he never became a prisoner of his past.
Instead, he poured his energy into reconciliation and his vision of a peaceful, multi-ethnic, democratic South Africa.
On this day marking the centennial of his birth, we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s lifetime of service.
Rarely has one person in history done so much to stir people’s dreams and move them to action.
That struggle for equality, dignity and justice continues.
Madiba’s legacy shows the way.