of the High-Representative for the United Nations Alliance
of Civilizations on the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
New York – 26 December 2021
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a legendary champion of human rights and peace and a member of UNAOC High-Level Group.
As a true model for peace and reconciliation, Archbishop Desmond Tutu was appointed by Mr. Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General as member of UNAOC High-level Group which authored the High-Level Group Report that guided the work of UNAOC upon its creation in 2005.
A Nobel peace laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu used his powerful moral voice to advocate against racism in all its forms saying that “racism defied the will of God”.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s enduring spirit for reconciliation, non-violence and healing and his embodiment of the universal values of compassion, humility and empathy will continue the inspire future generations around the world.
I wish to recall his inspiring words: “Despite all of the ghastliness in the world, human beings are made of goodness. The ones that are held in high regard are not militarily powerful, nor even economically prosperous. They have a commitment to try to make the world a better place”.
I hope that the wisdom and passion of the Archbishop will continue to resonate around the world and inspire us to work collectively for a better world.
On behalf of UNAOC, I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to his family and loved ones.