Nelson Mandela International Day

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Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated all over the world on 18 July every year. The United Nations has declared this day to be celebrated in memory of Nelson Mandela.

It is to be known that Nelson Mandela had a great contribution in the struggle for democracy at the international level and in promoting peace around the world.

Objective

  • The main objective of Nelson Mandela International Day is to make people aware of better works and to inspire them to cooperate with each other for good purposes.
  • Along with this, this day is also celebrated with the aim of promoting peace around the world by their struggle and contribution towards the establishment of democracy at international level.

Background:

  • The United Nations General Assembly on 10 November 2009 passed a resolution to observe 18 July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”, and declared it an International Day.
  • Mandela Day was first celebrated on 18 July 2009 in New York.
  • The day marks their active participation in resolving conflicts, the promotion of human rights, the promotion of international democracy and reconciliation, and the contribution of peace to the resolution of social issues.

About Nelson Mandela

  • Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in Mvezo, South Africa.
  • Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) devoted his life to fighting for human rights, and believed that everyone had the potential to make the world a better place.
  • He joined the African National Congress in the year 1944 when he helped in the creation of the ‘ANC Youth League’ (ANCYL).
  • In 1993, Nelson Mandela was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his peaceful end to the apartheid regime and for laying the foundation for a new democracy for South Africa.
  • He became the first black president of South Africa on 10 May 1994. Nelson Mandela died on December 5, 2013 at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg from a lung infection.

Source – The Hindu

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