Commemorative Events for 2013
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.
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.
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.