Nelson Mandela Day for Freedom Justice and Democracy

  The International Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated on 18th July each year to celebrate freedom, Justice and Democracy  

To mark the second annual
<"">Nelson Mandela
International Day, the United Nations is encouraging people around the
globe to perform 67 minutes of public service ­ one minute for every year
of the South African leader¹s own service to humanity.

The call is part of the ³Take Action! Inspire Change² campaign by the
Mandela Foundation in recognition of the contributions made by Mr.
Mandela, as a human rights lawyer, freedom fighter, prisoner of
conscience, international peacemaker, and the first democratically-elected
president of a free South Africa.

³Together, the best way we can thank Nelson Mandela for his work is by
taking action for others and inspiring change,² Secretary-General Ban
Ki-moon said in a
<"">message for
the Day.

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July ­ Mr. Mandela¹s
birthday ­ ³Nelson Mandela International Day² in recognition of the former
South African President¹s contribution to the culture of peace and
freedom. This was done through a resolution  A/RES/64/13. 

In a separate
message, Mr. Ban calls on people everywhere to embrace Mr. Mandela¹s
message to change the world and make it a better place. ³Tutor a child.
Feed someone less fortunate. Care for your environment. Volunteer at a
hospital or community centre. Be a part of a global movement to make the
world a better place.

³Together, we can help people achieve the dignity and liberty that are
their birthright. That is the best way we can honour Nelson Mandela,² he

On Monday, which is Mr. Mandela¹s 93rd birthday, senior officials,
diplomats and staff from the UN will gather in New York¹s Central Park to
perform public service to mark the Day.

Also in New York, an interactive
<"">exhibit called
³Take Action! Inspire Change² will be displayed at UN Headquarters at
which visitors can learn about Mr. Mandela through a range of video and
audio materials, as well as make their pledge to ³67 minutes of service²
in a message that will be sent to Mr. Mandela himself.

Other UN offices around the world will also mark the Day by undertaking
activities in their local communities.

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