by Michael Elliott, President and Chief Executive Officer of ONE
In February 2005, wrapped up against the cold in London’s Trafalgar Square and wearing a magnificent fur hat, Nelson Mandela — who had supposedly retired from public life — gave one of the greatest speeches of this century or any other, a challenge that over the next month, as a new development agenda is adopted by the nations of the world, should motivate and inspire leaders and the millions who hold them to account.
“Sometimes,” Mandela said, “it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.”
The way to do so? By making poverty history, Mandela said, by recognizing that “Millions of people remain trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free.”