Digital Desk, United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condoled the death of Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, describing him as a great world figure. Guterres was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was an unwavering voice for the downtrodden.
Archbishop Tutu was a huge global figure for peace and an inspiration to generations around the world. During the darkest days of apartheid, he was a shining beacon for social justice, freedom and nonviolent resistance.
Guterres said Archbishop Tutu’s relentless determination to build global solidarity for a free and democratic South Africa was rightfully recognized by the Nobel Committee in its decision to award him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. As chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he contributed significantly. His great knowledge and experience will always be there. Guterres said, however, that the death of Archbishop Tutu has left a huge void on the global stage. He will always be a good example in our hearts.