6/12/2013 - OECD Secretary-General, Angel Gurría, said that it was with a heavy heart and a debt of gratitude that the world was bidding farewell to Nelson Mandela.
“ Mr. Mandela was a beacon of hope and wisdom in a world where countries all too often are inclined to close in on themselves in times of crisis,” said Mr. Gurria. “Beyond his legacy as a Statesman, his role in promoting areas such as education for all was proof of his commitment to inclusiveness among men, women and children across the globe. He set a high bar for integrity and equality and will be sorely missed.”
Noting Mr. Mandela’s legacy, Mr. Gurría has written to South African President Jacob Zuma to offer the OECD’s condolences, saying that “Mandela’s passing leaves a great void for all of us who believe in freedom and democracy, but his ideas will live on and continue to inspire generations of people on all continents.”
The OECD has worked closely with South Africa to support better policies for better lives in the hope of helping the country attain its full potential. It remains committed to doing so in the future.