Nelson Mandela international day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009 with the first United Nations Nelson Mandela day held on the 18th July 2010. The annual celebration on 18 July commemorates the birthday of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, who died two years ago at age 95. 

People worldwide are being urged to take inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s legacy of service to humanity.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a message for Nelson Mandela International Day described Nelson Mandela as a leader who acted with a steadfast belief in justice and human equality.  He said the theme behind Nelson Mandela International Day—”Take action, Inspire change”—highlights the importance of working together to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.

He encouraged people all over the world to devote 67 minutes to community service in the spirit of Nelson Mandela and as symbol of the 67 years he devoted to human rights and social justice.

By: Abiodun Abidoye, Online facilitator, Breaking African News.

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