I feel very honored to be here with you today at such a symbolic moment in the history of UNESCO. At the same time, I feel deeply touched by the kind invitation of the Director General to speak about one of the most important leading figures in world history.
“I was not a messiah, but an ordinary man who had become a leader because of extraordinary circumstances”. This is the self-definition of Nelson Mandela in his own words reflecting his modesty and greatness. For us, however, for the family of the Goodwill Ambassadors, who had the honor and pleasure to serve UNESCO next to him,