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Nelson Mandela Day


Nelson Mandela Day
Nelson Mandela Day
Tue, 18. July 2017
International Days, Years etc


In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 declared 18 July as  "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

The Nelson Mandela Rules

In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be 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.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/70/175 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 President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle referred to above.


Can you spare 67 minutes of your time helping others?

Every year, on Mandela Day, people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to do just that.

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





  • How can you take action?

    • Make a new friend. Get to know someone from a different cultural background. Only through mutual understanding can we rid our communities of intolerance and xenophobia.
    • Read to someone who can’t. Visit a local home for the blind and open up a new world for someone else.
    • Help out at the local animal shelter. Dogs without homes still need a walk and a bit of love.
    • Help someone get a job. Put together and print a CV for them, or help them with their interview skills.
    • Many terminally ill people have no one to speak to. Take a little time to have a chat and bring some sunshine into their lives.
    • Get tested for HIV and encourage your partner to do so too.
    • Take someone you know, who can’t afford it, to get their eyes tested or their teeth checked.
    • Donate to someone in need.
    • Take someone who cannot afford it, to the movies



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