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Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18
For freedom, justice and democracy

Commemorative Events for 2013

New York

UN General Assembly Event

The UN General Assembly held a special meeting to mark Nelson Mandela International Day, featuring UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Andrew Mlangeni, a close friend of Mr. Mandela who was imprisoned with him.

Secretary-General's Message



Full-length Webcast

Photos from the UN General Assembly Event

Volunteer work

United Nations staff teamed up with We Build New York and Respond & Rebuild to help rebuild houses destroyed by last year’s Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach and Far Rockaway, areas that took the brunt of the storm.

Photo Gallery from Long Beach

Photo Gallery from Far Rockaway

REbuilding homes

South African citrus fruits for New Yorkers

Staff from the South African Consulate and the UN handed out Mandela Day materials and South African citrus fruit to passers by at Columbus Circle. In addition, 67 cartons of South African fruit were donated to the Bowery Mission, an institution that has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879 and where UN staff volunteered to help on last year's Mandela Day.

Photos at Columbus Circle

Photos at the Bowery Mission

Nelson Mandela Day at Columbus Circle

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