"Nelson Mandela is one of the most important figures in history and I am incredibly excited to host this special on MTV to celebrate his extraordinary life," said Knowles.
She said she hoped that audiences around the world would be touched by the young people who had travelled so far to meet Mandela to share their incredible stories of hope and compassion. They include Henry Hudson Luyombya from Kampala, Uganda, who tested HIV positive two years ago; Burmese political exile Min Zin, who now lives in Thailand; and Guy Levy, who lost his sister in a suicide attack in the Middle East conflict.
The production, which just wrapped up in Johannesburg, sees Mandela tackle issues such as: HIV/Aids awareness, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the oppressive military regime in Burma.
"Young people face so many difficult decisions to make in life today," Mandela said. "It is important to talk openly about subjects like HIV/Aids, war, political leadership and religion so that young people can make informed decisions about these issues."
He added that young people need to understand that they have a vital role to play in helping to shape the future.
The 60 minute special will be available rights-free to all third party broadcasters worldwide, including the SABC, among others. It will be broadcast via satellite to 71 member broadcasters in 52 countries in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, to a potential audience of more than two billion people.