Nelson Mandela International Day: The Day to Promote Humane Awareness
By admin July 19, 2016


Every year, July 18th – the day Nelson Mandela was born – is marked as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom since 2009.

Nelson Mandela International Day is more than a celebration of his life and legacy. It is a global movement to honor his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. It is utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance. This day, people are called to devote 67 minutes of time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandale’s public service – to helping others.

This year, Mandela Day Organization held three events on July 18th to memorize and spread the spirit of Mandela. In South Africa, they’re planting a school garden where caregivers will learn to maintain and involve their children in the growing of vegetables within the school grounds. They also encourage donation of Christmas Trees, lights, tinsel and bauble decorations to 480 patients of Valkenberg Hospital. In addition, they are inviting people to plant native trees, flora and fauna that sustain the local habitat for bird and ocean wildlife within the Ahuiri Estuary Walk, Wetlands and Tussock plains.

UN Staffs also held several events that called for people’s participation. The hand-over ceremony for clothing donations to several projects was held in front of the UN Secretariat building. These projects are aimed at empowering women to achieve economic independence and find jobs, while also helping men overcome poverty to become stronger individuals. Additionally, UN staff also helped out in a shelter for victims of domestic violence run by Safe Horizon, while others spent time delivering meals to homebound elderly through Citymeals on Wheels.

Outside the memorial events for Mandela, we also see lots of projects under conduction today, which are aimed at ending poverty and maintaining sustainable development. On July 18, UNDP held conference which called for action on the 2030 Agenda’s call to “leave no one behind and to reach the furthest behind first”. UNDP committed on investing in data and evidence which enables better identification of people and groups who are left behind, ensuring program principles explicitly, and expanding investment in prevention and preparedness in fragile and conflict-affected settings. The Bassiouni Group is also currently working on projects focused on promoting children and women’s rights and improving their living conditions. With efforts from different organizations and individuals, the spirit of Mandela will pervade Africa in its rapid development in the years ahead.


For more Information:

Nelson Mandela International Day: Take Action! Inspire Change




Mandela day media ADVISORY




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