On 18th July 2016 Nelson Mandela International Day was observed across the world to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela (1918-2013). This day is aimed at inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. This day is observed to give a tribute to his tireless efforts to end intolerance and injustice, calling on the international community to follow his guiding example in efforts to build a better world for all.On 18th July 2010, the Day was celebrated for the first time as per a UN General Assembly resolution of November 2009.
General Assembly resolution recognized 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 upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities.
About Nelson Mandela
- Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as its President from 1994 to 1999.
- He was South Africa’s first black President and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.
- He has served 27 years in prison.
- For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
The day also presents an occasion to remember his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.