UNICEF Statement of Condolence for Nelson Mandela
UNICEF joins millions of people around the world who mourn the loss of Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Statement from Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director.
"Today we have all lost a hero, a powerful champion for children.
The father of his nation, Nelson Mandela devoted much of his work to children. In 2002, he urged that Heads of State at the UN Special Session for Children endorse increased health and education resources for children. In 2004, through his Foundation and in partnership with the Hamburg Society and UNICEF, Mandela launched the Schools for Africa campaign to enroll two million African children in school. He started his own children’s fund and fought passionately, with his wife, Graça Machel, and the Global Movement for Children and UNICEF, to put children at the heart of the global development agenda.
Madiba touched the lives of millions of children. They are a central part of his legacy.
Our deepest condolences go to his wife, Graça Machel, his family and his nation."
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries – more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive.