2018 — The Nelson Mandela Centenary
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100 Years Commemoration Banner


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.

Miroslav Lajčák (left), President of the 72nd session of the General Assembly, Penny Abeywardena (centre), Commissioner of NYC, and Andries Carl Nel, Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs of South Africa, water plants at community garden Harlem Grown. © UN Photo/Manuel Elias

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.


Photo of editor Sahm Venter and Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela the UN Bookshop in the NYC Headquarters signing books for attendees. ©  United Nations/Nora Yinuo Chen

Book Launch — NYC

UN Bookshop, 20 July —

"The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela", published this July, was discussed at the UN Bookshop, with editor Sahm Venter and Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela.

Nelson Mandela portrait. © Mandela Foundation/Matthew Willman

9 July – 2 September

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.

9 July
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.

24 September
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.

2 December
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.

Around the World

UN information centres are organizing events and activities to commemorate Mandela Day.

— Including —
Antananarivo, Brazzaville, Cairo, Colombo, Dakar, Islamabad, Jakarta, Lagos, Lima, Lomé, Lusaka, Manama, Manila, Mexico, Moscow, Nairobi, Pretoria, Rio, Tehran, and Yaoundé.