The Annual Nelson Mandela Lectures have been delivered by international leaders from different parts of the world, focusing on themes that include democracy, inequality, justice, progress and topics that the late international icon Nelson Mandela cared about.

Speakers have included leaders in society, politics, religion and culture.

 


2020

18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme:  “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new Social Contract for a New Era.”

Speaker: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

18 July 2020.


2019

17th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Constitutionalism as an Instrument for Transformation”

Speaker: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

23 November 2019

VIDEO | Chief Justice Mogoeng delivers the 17th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture

 


2018

16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”

Speaker: Barack Obama

17 July 2018

VIDEO | Former U.S. President Obama delivers the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture


2017

15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Centering gender: reducing inequality through inclusion”

Speaker: Amina J Mohammed

25 November 2017

VIDEO | Amina J Mohammed delivers the 15th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture


2016

14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme:  “Living Together”

Speaker:  Bill Gates

17 July 2016

VIDEO | 14th Nelson Mandela Lecture presented by Bill Gates, 17 July 2016


2015

13th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Speaker: Thomas Piketty

Theme: Inequality and poverty

3 October 2015

VIDEO | 13th Nelson Mandela Lecture by Prof Thomas Piketty 03 October 2015


2014

12th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Building social cohesion through active citizenship”

Speaker:  Michelle Bachelet

9 August 2014

VIDEO | 12th Nelson Mandela Lecture


2013

11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Building social cohesion”

Speaker:  Mo Ibrahim

17 August 2013

VIDEO | Nelson Mandela Lecture : Mo Ibrahim


2012

10th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme:  “Freedom, truth, democracy: citizenship and common purpose”

Speaker: Mary Robinson

5 August 2012

VIDEO | The Tenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2012


2011

9th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme:  “The making of social justice: pluralism, cohesion and social participation”.

Speaker:  Ismail Serageldin

23 July 2011

 


2010

8th  Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Whose memory? Whose justice? A meditation on how and when and if to reconcile”

Speaker:  Ariel Dorfman

31 July 2010

 


2009

7th  Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Investment in the marginalised as a way of creating wealth and combating poverty”

Speaker: Muhammad Yunus

11 July 2009


2008

6th  Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme:  “Behold the new Africa”

Speaker: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

12 July 2008


2007

5th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: The progress of Africa

Speaker: Kofi Annan

22 July 2007

VIDEO | Kofi Annan delivers the fifth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture


2006

4th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Speaker: Thabo Mbeki

Theme: “Reconstructing our soul”.

29 July 2006

VIDEO | Thabo Mbeki delivers the fourth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture


2005

3rd  Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Rise up and walk!”

Speaker:  Wangari Maathai

19 July 2005


2004

2nd Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Look to the rock from which you were hewn”

Speaker: Desmond Tutu

23 November 2004

VIDEO | The Second Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture Address

 


2003

1st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

Theme: “Unleash huge amounts of resources”

Speaker: Bill Clinton

19 July 2003

VIDEO| Bill Clinton delivers 1st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

 


Nelson Mandela lectures over the years