"Nelson Mandela is now at rest, his long walk complete", Ban Ki-moon said in his moving and inspirational speech at the memorial service in Johannesburg this morning.
“South Africa has lost a father. The world has lost a beloved friend and mentor”, the UN Secretary-General continued, adding “South Africa’s democratic transformation was a victory by and for South Africans. But it was also a triumph for the ideals of the United Nations.”
Photo: South Africans write messages honouring their former President. Credit: Government of South Africa via http://www.flickr.com/photos/governmentza/
On Human Rights Day on Tuesday, take a look at the most important achievements in human rights since the creation of United Nations Human Rights 20 years ago.
Show your support by watching and sharing this video featuring work to defend human rights around the world.
For Human Rights Day on Tuesday, watch and share this new infographic animated video from UN Free & Equal telling the story of how the global debate on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights is unfolding at the UN.
En route to Johannesburg to attend the official memorial service of Nelson Mandela, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met up with members of The Elders in London who are also travelling to South Africa this week to honour the memory of their founder.
Mandela founded The Elders in Johannesburg on his 89th birthday, 18 July 2007. With the help of Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, he brought together ten “Elders” – independent, progressive leaders committed to peace, justice and human rights – to work together on global problems including peace-building and reconciliation in war-affected regions, sustainable development and equality for girls and women.
Pictured here with the Secretary-General are Martti Ahtisaari, Lakdhar Brahimi, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, and Kofi and Nane Annan.
Corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies. No country, region or community is immune.
Monday is International Anti-Corruption Day, and this year’s theme is “Zero Corruption. 100% Development”. You can fight corruption and support education by teaching children that corruption is unacceptable. What part will you play in tacking corruption?
7 December is the International Civil Aviation Day! This year’s theme is “Evolving to Meet the Challenges of 21st Century Air Transport.”
The Day is an opportunity to promote the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.
When Nelson Mandela first visited the UN he received a standing ovation that seemed to never end.
Look at our video tribute for this and more iconic moments.
Thursday is International Volunteer Day, a chance to say thank you to volunteers around the world for all they contribute. Volunteers – your stories inspire us and your action counts!
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East has unveiled a newly-digitized archive of photos, films and more covering all aspects of the life and history of Palestine refugees from 1948 to the present day. “The Long Journey” will be available online for those seeking a window into the Palestine refugee experience. Find out more at:
The world must close a 70% gap between the food that a global population of 9.6 billion will need in 2050 and the food available today, according to a report released on Monday by the UN and partners.
This must be done sustainably, in a way that creates opportunities for the rural poor, limits clearing of forests and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, says the report.