“I wish, from the bottom of my heart, to thank the Trustees and Management of ACCORD for the honour bestowed on me. […] The principles underpinning ACCORD’s operations are the very ideals for which humanity has striven for centuries

: peaceful resolution of conflict, human rights and good governance. […] In promoting peace and preventing conflict, South Africa will work hand-in-hand with our neighbours and through multilateral forums, such as SADC and OAU. […] However, we do recognize that while governments have an important role to play to foster a culture of peace and tolerance, it is crucial that civil society takes an active part in these efforts. It is for this reason that we appreciate the ACCORD initiative.”

Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, Durban (1995)