UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has on behalf of the United Nations extended his deepest condoleneces to the people of South Africa and the family of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday, 5 December.
"Nelson Mandela was a singular figure on the global stage -- a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement, a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration," Ban Ki-moon said in a statement at a press briefing.
"Many around the world were greatly influenced by his selfless struggle for human dignity, equality and freedom. He touched our lives in deeply personal ways. At the same time, no one did more in our time to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations.
Nelson Mandela showed what is possible for our world and within each one of us -- if we believe, dream and work together.
Let us continue each day to be inspired by his lifelong example and his call to never cease working for a better and more just world", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon said.
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