Nelson Mandela International Day

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

©Mandela Foundation/Matthew Willman

©Mandela Foundation/Matthew Willman

The General Assembly resolution (A/RES/64/13) recognized Nelson Mandela’s leading role in Africa’s liberation and in promoting African unity. The resolution also recognized his values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledged his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

Some of your highlighted phrases

"I greet you all in the name of peace, democracy and freedom for all."

"I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days."

"Our freedom cannot be complete while others in the world are not free."

"If I had my time over I would do the same again, so would any man who dares call himself a man."

"One way we can build a better future for children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves."

To the youth of today, I also have a wish to make: Be the script writers of your destiny and feature yourselves as stars that showed the way towards a brighter future."

"Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation."

"The very fact that racism degrades both the perpetrator and the victim commands that, if we are true to our commitment to protect human dignity, we fight on until victory is achieved."

"I had no time to brood. I enjoyed reading and writing letters and that occupied my mind completely, except when I learned of the harsh experiences of my family, that naturally disturbed me."

"I hoped that life might offer me the opportunity to serve my people and make my own humble contribution to the freedom struggle."