"United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize" created by General Assembly

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

The struggle against racism, inequality, hatred, divisions and war continues, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday as the UN created a prize named after Nelson Mandela.

The 193-member UN General Assembly  adopted a resolution establishing the "United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize".

Secretary-General Ban offered his "warmest" congratulations to the Assembly for adopting the resolution.

He said the iconic South African leader, whose funeral was attended by world leaders in December last year, left behind "a shining legacy of true peace."

"As Nelson Mandela well knew, the struggle still continues. There is still terrible racism in our world. There is deplorable inequality. People suffer hatred, communities are divided and factions and nations are at war. Our best tribute to Nelson Mandela is not found in words or ceremonies – but in actions that take up the torch he passed to us." (27)

Mr. Ban said the United Nations was honoured to stand by Nelson Mandela and the people of South Africa until the apartheid regime ended.

The United Nations also marks July 18, the late leader's birthday, as "Nelson Mandela International Day".

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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