18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day
The Nelson Mandela International Day was observed globally on July 18, 2018. The international day marks the 100th birth anniversary of Mandela, the anti-apartheid revolutionary.
The centenary year offers an occasion to reflect on Mandela's life and legacy and to follow his call to make the world a better place. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating the 2018 Mandela Day to action against poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
2018 Theme: Take Action! Inspire Change!
Every year on July 18, the United Nations invites people from across the globe to mark the Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in their communities.
The day is observed with the objective of awakening everyone to their ability and responsibility to change the world for the better!
The day offers an occasion for all to take action and inspire change.
In December 2015, the UN General Assembly decided to extend the scope of the Mandela Day 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.
The General Assembly resolution not only adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they should be known as the 'Nelson Mandela Rules' in order to honour the legacy of the late South African President, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle against racism and the legacy of apartheid.
The United Nations declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, in an effort to recognise the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
The day was adopted through a UN resolution that recognizes Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity in conflict resolution, race relations, promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice.
The resolution also acknowledges Mandela's contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
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