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UN marks Nelson Mandela International Day with public service activities

UN, Nelson Mandela Day18 July 2011 – The United Nations today marked the second annual Nelson Mandela International Day with a series of events dedicated to public service, as well as speeches, exhibitions and film screenings in recognition of the former South African president’s contributions as a human rights defender, freedom fighter and peacemaker.

In New York, diplomats and UN staff gathered in Central Park to paint benches as part of the “Take Action! Inspire Change” campaign by the Mandela Foundation, which has exhorted people across the world to pledge “67 minutes of service” today in recognition of Mr. Mandela’s 67 years of selfless public service.


Can you spare 67 minutes of your time helping others?

NMF Photo Matthew Willman 2On this year’s Mandela Day, people the world over are being asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to do just that. The UN is joining this call to world citizens to devote 67 minutes of our time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

By devoting 67 minutes of your time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service – you can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.

Join in and donate 67 minutes of your time in serving your local community on Nelson Mandela Day, 18 July 2011.


“Every day should be a Mandela day!”

NMD-new-indentity-webThe Nelson Mandela International Day is observed 11 July 2011 for the 2nd time. General Assembly President Joseph Weiss says in his message on this occasion that on this day the world celebrated a rare icon and one of the greatest moral and political leaders of our time whose opinions were more than ever relevant:


UN and Apartheid from 1946 to Mandela Day

NMF Photo Alet van HuyssteenNelson Mandela´s appearance at the United Nations as the first democratically elected President of South-Africa was a landmark both for the world organization and Mr. Mandela personally. In a memorable speech to the General Assembly 3 October 1994 (see: “Mandela´s landmark speech at the UN”), Mr. Mandela said it was a moving moment for him since he stood among friends and people of conscience. "We know this because we know what you did over the decades to secure my release and the release of other South African political prisoners from Pretoria's dungeons."


The Elders: Giving a voice to the voiceless

EldersThey don´t have careers to build, they don´t have elections to fight but they have the experience, the knowledge and the necessary networks and influence to make a change.

This was the main idea behind the Elders, an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who in the past few years have offered their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.


Give 67 minutes to do good on Mandela Day