Statement of UN Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

December 5, 2013


Megan Rabbitt

United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner released the following statement today on the passing of Nelson Mandela.

“We are all saddened by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a great friend and a man of remarkable courage, compassion, and principle.  On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, I send my deepest condolences to Graça Machel and to Madiba’s entire family.

“Madiba dedicated his life to the causes of freedom, equality and opportunity, and our world is a better place because of him.  He endured unimaginable hardship, yet never wavered in his pursuit of justice and his defense of human rights.  He helped bring peace to his nation and hope to the world.  While he will be missed, his legacy will live on in the people he has inspired and will continue to inspire.”


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