Nelson Mandela – A Giant of History

Nelson Mandela’s fantastic Nobel Lecture can be seen on . Watch and remember a truly unique man …

11 Inspiring Moments to Remember Nelson Mandela 

“But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.”

World leaders pay tribute to Nelson #Mandela

elson Mandela had one of the greatest encore careers ever! Bringing greatest gift to world after he turned 70! cc @encore

Nelson Mandela‘s legacy will live on forever. — Dalai Lama Foundation Found at

“Difficulties break some men but make others.” – Nelson Mandela Found at

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“Education is the most powerful weapon you can choose to change the world.” #Mandela

“To those who observed him closely, Nelson
#Mandela always carried himself as one who was born to lead” | BBC obit 

Who says politics and sport don’t mix.. “
@Truckerpaddy: The greatest picture in the history of sport

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.”

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Nelson Mandela’s words & deeds will keep inspiring those who advance dignity & fight injustice – @HelenClarkUNDP:


The entire world should pause to acknowledge Mandela‘s long fight for equality, democracy, and reconciliation. We need many more like him.

Mandela the day after his release from prison in Soweto, South Africa. His life in pictures

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Our cover when Nelson Mandela was freed

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Mandela knew that the vision of creating a new kind of nation was bigger than a single leader:

#Mandela tribute w/ picture and quote on South African President Jacob Zuma’s official webpage

Nelson Mandela in 1962.

“It always seems impossible until its done.”- #Mandela

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The world has lost a great man. As we grieve for Nelson Mandela we should also celebrate his tremendous victory over prejudice and hate. JG

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Mandela the day after his release from prison in Soweto, South Africa. His life in pictures

RIP Madiba #Mandela

“His goodness was mixed with a steely determination and shrewd political instincts”  #Mandela

Today’s top news @ABCNews24: one of most significant figures of the 20th and 21st centuries Nelson Mandela has died

With passing of Nelson Mandela, the world has lost a leader who advanced the cause of equality

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” — Nelson Mandela. Thank you for your inspiration.

  1. Mandela survived an apartheid system that imprisoned him, only to fight for justice not revenge. Was he superhuman? No, an inspiring human.

  2. ‘I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all’ – Nelson Mandela, 1990 

  3. Africa’s Lincoln: Mandela stood head & shoulders above every leader of his generation, writes biographer John Carlin

Nelson Mandela has died. The UN stood in silence at the news “To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains…

#BREAKING: Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 #Mandela #ABCNews24

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Death of Mandela – the world reacts

@TonyAbbottMHR “When a man is denied the right to live t life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw” Mandela

  1. #NelsonMandela, #RIP. Sad farewell to best #leader of century, who believed in people & never gave up.

  2. “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” Vale, Nelson Mandela.

My friend Seymour Papert knew Mandela before and after Mandela was imprisoned. Papert fled SA as an anti-apartheid dissident.

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  1. An interactive look at Nelson Mandela‘s amazing life 

  2. Here the infamous 1962 document committing Nelson Mandela to prison: #MandelaCentre

  1. “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw” Mandela

  2. Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 

  3. Vale Nelson Mandela: a man of heroic compromise | Marius Benson 

  4. We saw in #Mandela “what we seek in ourselves,” President Jacob Zuma says. 

  5. Moving moment at United Nations Security Council, which was in session when the news came through. Stood in silence for a minute. #mandela

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”


  1. Hamba kahle Madiba. You did good, you made us whole. #NelsonMandela dies

  2. Today we lost not only a great man; we also lost one of the world’s greatest leaders  #Mandela

  3. Ban Ki-moon on #Mandela: A giant for justice & a down-to-earth human inspiration.

  4. Ban Ki-moon: “Nelson #Mandela was a giant for justice…No one did more to advance the values and aspirations of the United Nations.”

Some good words to live by in his memory. RIP Nelson Mandela Found at

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The Things That Matter A Conversation for Creating a Healthy Society

The Things That Matter

A Conversation for Creating a Healthy Society

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John Seed, “Deep Ecology & The Conservation of Nature”

The passionate John Seed’s keynote to APNEC conference in Taiwan: “Deep Ecology & The Conservation of Nature” now @…

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WHAT WOULD IT TAKE … to shape a planet on which people, other living things and the systems that support us can sustainably co-exist?


WHAT WOULD IT TAKE … to shape a planet on which people, other living things and the systems that support us can sustainably co-exist?

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UN Report on Sustainability 2012

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Put planet and its people at the core of sustainable development, urges report

UN panel calls for sustainable development indicators that factor in poverty, inequality, science and gender equality

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Mark Tran in Addis Ababa, Monday 30 January 2012 12.00 GMT
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UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon at the AU summit. Sustainable development will be a key focus of his second term. Photograph: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Social and environmental costs need to be integrated into measurement of economic activity, a new UN report said on Monday as it urged world leaders to focus on the long-term resilience of the planet and its people.

The report from the high-level panel on global sustainability calls for a set of sustainable development indicators that go beyond the traditional approach of gross domestic product. It recommends that governments develop and apply a set of sustainable development goals that can mobilise global action.

At the report’s launch during the AU summit, Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, made it plain that sustainable development is a top priority for his second term of office.

“We need to chart a new, more sustainable course for the future, one that strengthens equality and economic growth while protecting our planet,” he said.

Ban established a 22-member panel in August 2010, co-chaired by Finland’s president Tarja Halonen and Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa. The group was tasked with producing a blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity.

The panel’s final report, Resilient People, Resilient Planet: a Future Worth Choosing, contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible.

Halonen stressed the importance of placing people at the centre of achieving sustainable development.

“Eradication of poverty and improving equity must remain priorities for the world community,” she said. “The panel has concluded that empowering women and ensuring a greater role for them in the economy is critical for sustainable development.”

The report feeds into preparations for the UN conference on sustainable development (Rio+20) in Brazil in June 2012. Among its key points is that most goods and services sold today fail to bear the full environmental and social cost of production and consumption.

“Based on the science, we need to reach consensus, over time, on methodologies to price them properly. Costing environmental externalities could open new opportunities for green growth and green jobs,” says the report.

Underscoring the importance of science as an essential guide for decision-making on sustainability issues, the report calls on the UN secretary-general to lead efforts to produce a regular global sustainable development outlook report that integrates knowledge across sectors and institutions, and to consider creating a science advisory board or scientific advisor.

The report stresses the importance of gender equality in any serious shift towards sustainable development.

“Half of humankind’s collective intelligence and capacity is a resource we must nurture and develop, for the sake of multiple generations to come,” says the report. “The next increment of global growth could well come from the full economic empowerment of women.”

Among the recommendations for a sustainable economy, the report calls for a phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies and other “perverse or trade-distorting” subsidies by 2020. However, such decisions can be politically unpopular, as the unrest in Nigeria over a reduction in fuel subsidies underlined. Aware of the political sensitivities involved, the report says the reduction of subsidies must be done in a manner that protects the poor.

The report calls on governments to change the regulation of financial markets to promote longer-term and sustainable investment. It cites the example of Norway, where the ministry of finance is responsible for co-ordinating work on a national strategy covering the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development.

To implement this strategy, Norway has integrated sustainable development into the annual budget. In every yearly budget, follow-up is reported in a separate chapter that includes contributions from each government ministry as well as the statistics office.

As the report notes, Norway has developed 18 indicators that have become increasingly important in monitoring the extent to which the country’s activities are consistent with sustainable development targets.

While welcoming the panel’s vision, Oxfam said the recommendations were weak.

“The emphasis on women’s rights and the call for an ‘ever-green’ revolution in agriculture, so it is more resource-efficient and productive, is helpful, but concrete recommendations on reforming the food system are thin,” said Sarah Best of Oxfam. “There is nothing in the report on how to finance the recommendations – for instance, through a levy on international shipping and aviation, or a financial transaction tax – which has been backed by the UN panel on climate finance.”

The panel’s findings come 25 years after Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, produced a landmark eponymous report that defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

“Since then, the world has gained a deeper understanding of the interconnected challenges we face and the fact that sustainable development provides the best opportunity for people to choose their future,” says the report. “This makes ours a propitious moment in history to make the right choices and move towards sustainable development in earnest.”

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