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

Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary compassion after 27 years in prison showed that human rights and equality are stronger than discrimination and hate.

- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Take Action!  Inspire Change

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Can you spare 67 minutes of your time helping others?

Every year, on Mandela Day, people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to do just that.

By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.

UN staff around the world have made a difference through a variety of activities in the past – from rebuilding homes destroyed by hurricane Sandy, to offering school supplies to children, preparing meals for the elderly, helping out in orphanages, cleaning up parks and delivering computer literacy workshops.

This year, in New York, UN staff, joined by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and in partnership with MillionTreesNYC, volunteered their time on 18 July 2014 and got their hands dirty by pulling weeds, putting down mulch and watering tree beds to help take care of newly planted trees on the streets of Midtown Manhattan and East Harlem. See video.

Last year, UN staff  in New York helped rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

See what visitors pledged at the 2011 Nelson Mandela International Day interactive exhibit at UN Headquarters in New York.

If you would like to donate your own time to public service, here are some things you can do to take action and inspire change:

To see all 67 suggestions for action, visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation site.