5 December 2013

Anthony Lake, UNICEF's Executive Director, wrote today about Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95.

"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."

 
 
Nelson Mandela meets with children in Johannesburg in 2000.  © UNICEF/NYHQ2000-0283/GIACOMO PIROZZI
Nelson Mandela meets with children in Johannesburg in 2000. © UNICEF/NYHQ2000-0283/GIACOMO PIROZZI