2018 — The Nelson Mandela Centenary
Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to "make of the world a better place." Mandela embodied the highest values of the United Nations. One hundred years after his birth, Mandela’s example of courage and compassion continue to inspire the world.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
UN General Assembly Meeting — NYC
UN Headquarters, 18 July —
The United Nations General Assembly marked Nelson Mandela International Day with an informal meeting.
- Secretary-General's Message for 2018
- Statement by the GA President
- Press Briefing — 'Nelson Mandela’s Teachings Needed More Than Ever' by Brenden Varma, Spokesperson for the GA President
- Press Release — Held Captive for Many Years, Madiba Never Became Prisoner of His Past, Says Secretary-General
- Press Release — Overcoming Poverty 'Is Not an Act of Charity, It Is an Act of Justice'
- UN News Center — UN marks 100 years since Mandela's birth with a vow to continue struggle for equality
- UN News Center — Mandela, 'true symbol of human greatness', celebrated on centenary of his birth
Public Service Activity — NYC
Harlem, NYC, 18 July —
UN staff and the diplomatic community worked in community gardens in the Harlem neighborhood, in a volunteer activity organized in collaboration with the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs.
9 July – 2 September
Exhibit "BUILDING ON THE LEGACY OF NELSON MANDELA" — NYC
UN Headquarters, Visitor's Lobby, 9 July – 2 September —
The exhibit honours Mandela’s contributions to the main areas of work of the UN — peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development. It also illustrates initiatives taken by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the South African leader’s legacy.
The exhibit is organized by the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN.
Special Event: Nelson Mandela at 100 — NYC
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, 9 July —
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed spoke at a special event featuring readings from "The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela" and reflections celebrating Nelson Mandela's centennial birthday. The event was co-presented with PEN America and Liveright, in collaboration with The New York Times.
Nelson Mandela Peace Summit — NYC
UN Headquarters, 24 September —
In General Assembly resolution 72/243, adopted on 22 December 2017, UN Member States decided to convene a high-level plenary meeting, to be known as the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit, focusing on global peace, in honour of the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. The event is scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters on 24 September 2018.
Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 — South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa, 2 December —
UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed will be participating in this free-ticketed concert to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela and honour his legacy in the fight to end extreme poverty.