2pm-7pm [UTC/GMT+1]


Nelson Mandela's birthday (July 18th) was recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009, as Nelson Mandela International Day.

The Mandela Bridges World E-Summit is an Ubuntu Global Network´s tribute to Mandela the  humanist, the defender of Human Rights, the promoter of reconciliation between peoples, the builder of bridges.

World e-Summit to celebrate Mandela's legacy.
2pm-7pm [UTC/GMT+1]
A symbolic gesture of renaming bridges around the world as "Mandela Bridge", for one day.
This Ubuntu Declaration "One human family" will be presented and adopted, being signed by all those who identify with it.


2:00 pm - Welcome/Opening session
  • Rui Marques (President and Founder of IPAV / Ubuntu Leaders Academy)
  • José Ramos-Horta (Former President of East Timor and co-Chair MBWS)
  • John Volmink (President of the Ubuntu Global Network and co-Chair MBWS)


The Mandela Bridges World E-Summit will take place on the ZOOM platform, accessible for registered participants.

There will be simultaneous interpretation in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Register for the Mandela Bridges World E-Summit so that we can identify and call you during the event.
Download ZOOM application for free to your computer, tablet or smartphone.
On July 18, at 2:00 pm (UTC / GMT + 1), enter the ZOOM platform and join the event.
Choose the "Speaker View" option and identify yourself according to the instructions you will receive by email.



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World E-Summit co-Chairs

John Volmink
John VolminkPresident of the Ubuntu Global Network and co-Chair Mandela Bridges World E-Summit
South Africa
John Volmink started his academic career at the University of the Western Cape and completed his doctorate in Mathematics Education at Cornell University, Ithaca NY, USA, in 1988.

He is currently the President of MIET Africa and continues to lead the boards of several non-governmental organizations for the development of areas of education, health and development.
José Ramos-Horta
José Ramos-HortaFormer President of East Timor and co-Chair Mandela Bridges World E-Summit; Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996
East Timor
José Manuel Ramos-Horta is Timorese, president of his country from 2007 to 2012. He was the spokesman for the Timorese resistance in exile during the Indonesian occupation between 1975 and 1999 and the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of Timor-Leste since his independence in 2002.

In December 1996, José Ramos-Horta shared the Nobel Peace Prize with fellow Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo.

Mandela´s Legacy and contemporary challenges

Muhammad Yunus
Muhammad Yunus Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2006
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”
In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 61 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 136 awards from 33 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.
He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine
Kailash Satyarthi
Kailash SatyarthiNobel Peace Prize laureate in 2014: "A 100 Million campaign and Justice for Every Child"

Kailash Satyarthi is the Founder of Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation - Ending violence against children globally.
Mr. Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children’s rights for over three decades.  In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
He has been at the forefront of driving child related agendas into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Currently, Mr Satyarthi is spearheading the “100 Million” campaign which aims to inspire and mobilize young people to stand up and act for their own rights and the rights of their peers, and to achieve the world’s biggest youth mobilization to end violence against children, eradicate child labour and ensure education.

Mandela’s Legacy and building bridges

Kerry Kennedy
Kerry KennedyRobert F. Kennedy Human Rights - USA
United States of América
Kerry Kennedy is an American writer and human rights activist. 

She is the seventh daughter of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel and chairs Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, a nonprofit human rights organization and the Amnesty International Leadership Council.
HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan
HRH Princess Rym Ali of Jordan
Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali of Jordan, a journalist, founded an NGO that aims to establish an Arab center of excellence for journalistic education. She had an extensive carrer in international broadcasters such as CNN, BBC and others. Awarded with several prizes and decorations, she was also distinguished by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa with the decoration of the order of Infante D. Henrique for her efforts in the field of cultural and intercultural exchange.
Carlos Moedas
Carlos MoedasFormer EU Commissioner; Board member of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Carlos Moedas is a Portuguese civil engineer, economist and politician. He was Assistant Secretary of State between 2011 and 2014.

He was the Portuguese commissioner responsible for the largest ever EU research and innovation framework program, Horizon 2020. He is currently Director of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
Ameenah Gurib-FakimFormer President of Mauritius
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim ​​is a biodiversity scientist and politician who served as the 6th President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018.

She was the first woman elected president of the country and the third woman to serve as Head of State after Queen Elizabeth II and Monique Ohsan Bellepeau.

In 2019 she was the keynote speaker at the Cambridge University conference "Africa Together: Which Way to Go?".
Mladen Ivanic
Mladen Ivanic Chairman of the Presidency (20016-17; 2014-15); Member of the Presidency (2014-2018)

Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Srpska. 

He is the President of  the Party of Democratic Progress of Republika Srpska

After the general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014, he was named a member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska and he served in this position until 2018.  

Danilo Turk
Danilo TurkFormer President of Slovenia
Danilo Türk is former president of Slovenia. He was elected by popular vote as the third President of Slovenia for the period 2007-2012.

He is currently president of the World Leadership Alliance - Club de Madrid, an organization of one hundred and twelve democratically elected former presidents and prime ministers.
Helen Clark
Helen ClarkFormer Prime Minister of New Zeland*
New Zeland

Helen Clark is a New Zealander politician and was Prime Minister of her country from 1999 until 2008.

Graduated in Politics from the University of Auckland, she took power in New Zealand in 1999 as the 37th person to govern the country, being the second woman.

Joyce Banda
Joyce BandaFormer President of Malawi

Joyce Banda became the third woman to lead an African country after Carmen Pereira, president of Guinea-Bissau, and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia.

Tarja Halonen
Tarja Halonen Former President of Finland

Tarja Halonen served two terms as President of Finland from 2000 to 2012. During his presidency, she held several positions as co-chair of the UN High Level Panel on global sustainability and chairman of the Council of Women World Leaders.

She continues to work closely with the UN and is currently a member of the Secretary-General's High Level Advisory Council on Mediation.

Zlatko Lagumdzija
Zlatko Lagumdzija Former Prime Minister of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Born in 1955 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He served in the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina as Prime Minister and Interim Prime Minister and twice as Minister for Foreign Affairs in various periods between 1992 and 2015.
He was elected as a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Parliament six times from 1996 to 2010.
He holds a doctorate in the field of computer science and electrical engineering and a professor of Management and Information Technology at the University of Sarajevo.

Mandela and I

John Carlin
John CarlinWriter and journalist / Author “Playing the enemy”/ Invictus
United Kingdom
John Carlin is a British journalist and prolific author, who deals with both sport and politics. A man of vision and a powerful and inspiring speaker.


His book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation, about former South African president Nelson Mandela, is the basis for the film Invictus 2009.

Piyushi Kotecha
Piyushi Kotecha CEO of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation
South Africa
Piyushi Kotecha has held various leadership positions, developing policies and linking South African and African universities.

She played critical roles in the Southern African higher education sector. She was CEO of the Association of Vice Chancellors for Universities in South Africa and founder of the Association of Regional Universities in Southern Africa.

She also facilitated high-level leadership dialogues, representing the government in higher education matters.
Noeleen Heyzer
Noeleen Heyzer Former United Nations Under-Secretary General (2007 - 2015)

Currently a member of the UN Secretary-General's High Level Advisory Council for Mediation. She was UN Under-Secretary General between 2007 and 2015 and the first female Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

She was the Special Adviser to the UN SG for Timor-Leste.

She received numerous international awards for leadership.

Jonathan Jansen
Jonathan Jansen Distinguished Professor of Education Stellenbosh University
South Africa
Jonathan Jansen is a Distinguished Professor of Education at Stellenbosch University and president of the South African Academy of Sciences.
Author of the award-winning book "Knowledge in the Blood", his books.
He was recently elected as a member of the International Academy of Education.
Thandi Chaane
Thandi Chaane CEO MIET Africa
South Africa

A teacher for 10 years, always focused on social transformation, she founded a literacy program and introduced libraries to schools across the country.

She was the first female Deputy Director-General for Education, where she was involved (1995-2000) in transforming apartheid education policies into those of the new political order.

Reverend Harold Good
Reverend Harold Good World Methodist Peace Award
United Kingdom
Harold Good is an Irish Methodist who, in the first decade of the 21st century, played a vital role in the peace process in Northern Ireland.

He was director of the Corrymeela Community Reconciliation Center and in 2001 he was appointed president of the Methodist Church in Ireland.
In 2005, he was one of two independent witnesses who oversaw the dismantling of weapons, a vital part of the peace process.

In 2007 he was awarded the World Methodist Peace Award.
Ismail Serageldin
Ismail Serageldin Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina; co-Chair of the NGIC

Emeritus librarian, co-president of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) and member of the Board of Directors of the Library of Alexandria. Chairman and member of several advisory committees of academic, research, scientific and international institutions.

He gave extensive conferences around the world, including the Mandela Lecture (Johannesburg, 2011).

Ruy M. Santos
Ruy M. SantosFounder of MAKOBO Platform
In Mozambique, he has developed numerous projects in terms of job creation in rural areas and formal crafts and founded MAKOBO to respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups, in the context of social exclusion.

Among the various projects are food support for the literacy of the Mozambican population, currently including the HEART SOLIDARY - INTERVENTION COVID-19 initiative to minimize the negative impact of the disease on communities.
Funmi Olonisakin
Funmi OlonisakinFounding Director of the African Leadership Centre
Reino Unido
Funmi Olonisakin is Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College London and has been founding Director of the African Leadership Centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting-edge knowledge for conflict, security and development in Africa. The ALC is based in Nairobi, Kenya and at King’s College London.
Amr Moussa
Amr MoussaFormer Secretary General of the Arab League 2001-2011 and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt 1991-2001
He was the Egyptian Ambassador to India (1983-1986). He then became Egypt's Permanent Representative to the UN (1990-1991), Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt (1991-2001) and Secretary General of the League of Arab States (2001-2011). 

Mandela bridges around the world

Diana Prata
Diana PrataInstitute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering
Diana Prata is a Marie Curie Fellow and group leader at the Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, University of Lisbon (after 12 years at King's College London, KCL, UK) where she created the research laboratory in Biomedical Neuroscience.


"One human family"

This Ubuntu Declaration "One human family" will be presented and adopted on July 18th, Mandela Day, during the "Mandela Bridges World E-Summit" initiative, being signed by all those who identify with it.


Mandela Bridges

1. Mobilize the Ubuntu network near you

2. Choose the bridge to name and send that information to the IPAV team (

3. Inform the local authorities about the event, also inviting them to join and be present at the “baptism” of the bridge, as well as other local institutions that you consider important and relevant in the community. We will provide an invitation template, with the description of the event, to help you.

4. Create the posters and/or banners with the label “Mandela Bridges 18.07.2020”. The posters must have a dimension that allows them to be readable from a medium distance. You can do it under the Invictus soundtrack to get inspired!!

5. Delegate responsibilities for 18.7.2020. There are a lot of tasks to accomplish: who will places the poster? Who welcomes guests? Who will deliver the speech? Who does the photo report? Who will send the photos and video to the E-Summit team? etc.

6. Before the E-Summit (in the morning), go to the bridge and place the posters in a visible way, without damaging the structure. The Poster must be kept on the 18th and must then be removed.

7. Record a video (under one minute) with the entire Ubuntu team on the bridge. The spokesperson must say the name, the bridge name and location (including city and country) and his vision to build bridges in the world. Send the video and some photos to the E-Summit technical team ( right away (before the E-Summit starts [2 pm GMT]).

8. Next to the poster, with all the guests present, make a tribute speech to Nelson Mandela and his ability to build a “rainbow nation” as a human bridge.

9. Give the floor to the invited guests challanging them to be also witnesses of Mandela's legacy.

10. Make a photo report (and video if possible) of the entire event and share it on your social networks with #Mandelabridges.

Make sure you observe all precautions as pedestrians

Do not put your life in danger or take unnecessary risks.

The ceremony must not cause any disruption to traffic.

Do not cause any damage to the bridge structure in any way.

Make sure that the signs are not obstructing traffic signs or hidding the visibility of pedestrians and/or drivers.

The posters must be removed at the end of the day, and the place left spotlessly clean.

Although the event is held outdoors, we advise the use of a mask at all times, as well as the physical distance recommended by public health authorities.




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