Nelson Mandela Day: United Nation calls for global support for change makers.

A day that comes every year on July 18, nations around the world observe Nelson Mandela International Day to remember the life and work of the late South African former president and anti-apartheid leader.

The goal of Nelson Mandela International Day is to motivate people to take initiative and have a good impact on their surroundings.

It is also to honour Mandela’s principles, particularly his dedication to social justice, peacemaking, and human rights.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was the nation’s first black head of state and the first to be chosen in a fully representative democratic election; he presided as South Africa’s first president from 1994 to 1999.

In 1993, Nelson Mandela and the South African president at the time, Frederik de Klerk, won the Nobel Peace Prize for their leadership in facilitating the end of apartheid and the emergence of a multiracial democracy.

His book the “Long Walk to Freedom” was first published in 1994

UN Recognition of Nelson Mandela
Resolution A/RES/64/13 of the United Nations, honored Mandela’s principles and commitment to advancing human rights, racial harmony, gender equality, children’s rights, and the rights of other vulnerable groups.

It also called attention to Mandela’s work in the fight against poverty and the advancement of social justice.

In a 2023 message to celebrate the Icon, Un Secretary-General’s, António Guterres said, the former apartheid leader was a colossus of courage and conviction and a leader of immense achievement.

“So, as we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, let us be animated by his spirit of humanity, dignity and justice.”

Let us stand with women and girls, young people and change makers everywhere.

He also urged global leaders to take action to build a better world.

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