The intimate dinner, held in Davos, Switzerland, was a centenary celebration of the late Mandela — who inspired international advocacy organization Global Citizen’s 2018 mission to focus on moving towards ending extreme poverty by 2030 — and united advocates, heads of state and activists to discuss current and future initiatives aimed at the goal. In Mandela’s memory, one of the icon’s most famous quotes was remembered: “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made, and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”
Fellow guest of honor Kweku Mandela made opening remarks regarding the importance of his grandfather’s legacy, and the realization that what he was fighting for is relevant now more than ever.
Other notable guests included Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans, Founder, Executive Chairperson and CEO of Mmakau Mining Bridgette Radebe, Deputy PM of Belgium Alexander DeCroo, His Excellency Xavier Bettel, PM of Luxembourg, Malawian youth advocate Ellen Chilemba and more.
Over the last six years, Global Citizen’s campaigning efforts have raised over $35 billion in financial commitments to support and benefit global health, education and gender equality.