Secretary-General to attend official memorial service for Nelson MandelaListen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela.
The service will be held on Tuesday and Mr. Ban will travel to South Africa from Paris, where he attended a two-day summit on peace and security in Africa which wrapped up over the weekend.
Nelson Mandela, who was 95, died last Thursday (5 December) at his home in Johannesburg.
Speaking to reporters in New York that evening, the Secretary-General described Mr. Mandela as "a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration."
Senior officials and staff members throughout the UN system have joined people the world over in paying tribute to the former President, Nobel Peace Prize winner, anti-apartheid crusader and humanitarian.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.