“Nelson Mandela was a healer of communities and a mentor to generations,” Guterres said in his message to mark Nelson Mandela International Day, which falls on Monday.
The best way to honor Mandela’s legacy is by taking action, the UN chief said. “By speaking out against hate and standing up for human rights. By embracing our common humanity — rich in diversity, equal in dignity, united in solidarity. And by together making our world more just, compassionate, prosperous, and sustainable for all,” he said.
Citing multiple challenges including conflict, global pandemic and global food security crisis at the very moment, he said that it’s not the time for despair.