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July 18th: ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’; 

16 Julie 2011 02:48:40

July 18th:

‘Nelson Mandela International Day’;


Tutor a child, Feed the hungry, Volunteer at a hospital to make the world a better place: UN Sec. General


In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18th July as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’ in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the uplifting of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

The UN Secretary-General issuing the special message on this Day has said, “Everybody remembers – and, indeed, needs – an inspirational figure that has played a signal role in their lives.  Nelson Mandela has been that role model for countless people around the world. Nelson Mandela has been a lawyer and a freedom fighter, a political prisoner, a peacemaker and president.  A healer of nations and a mentor to generations, Nelson Mandela – or Madiba as he is affectionately known by millions – is a living symbol of wisdom, courage and integrity.


As we celebrate his 93rd birthday and this second Nelson Mandela International Day, I join with the Nelson Mandela Foundation in encouraging people around the globe to perform 67 minutes of public service on Mandela Day – one minute for every year of Mandela’s own service to humanity.


Nelson Mandela himself once said: ‘We can change the world and make it a better place.  It is in your hands to make a difference.’  Let us embrace this message.  Tutor a child. Feed the hungry.  Volunteer your time at a local hospital or community centre.  Make the world a better place. Together, the best way we can thank Nelson Mandela for his work is by taking action for others and inspiring change.”