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Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18
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UN Staff Devote 67 Minutes on Mandela Day

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for 2014

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day. For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

Nelson Mandela: Carrying On His Legacy

14 Jul 2014 - As the world said farewell to Nelson Mandela, attention turned to how his legacy will live on in the pursuit of achieving justice and equality for all.

Happy 95th Birthday, Nelson Mandela- UN pays tribute

The United Nations marks Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader's 95th birthday and honouring his dedication to public service, social justice and reconciliation, inspiring millions around the world.

Secretary-General's Video Message for Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2012

"...Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place. That is the best way to wish Nelson Mandela a very happy 94th birthday."

Nelson Mandela International Day (18 July) - Secretary-General's Video Message

"...I join the Nelson Mandela Foundation in urging each and every one of us to perform 67 minutes of public service on Mandela Day – one minute for each year of Mandela’s own remarkable service to humanity."

Nelson Mandela's Life Story

This short documentary about Nelson Mandela and his legacy begins with his youth. When he attends the University of Fort Hare, he participates in student protests, and this begins a lifelong fight against injustice, unfairness and inequality.

Nelson Mandela at the UN

A montage of Nelson Mandela's appearances at the United Nations, including his historic first address to the UN's Special Committee Against Apartheid in 1990 and his last address to the UN General Assembly in 1998 as South Africa's first democratically elected president.

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Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly in 1990

ANC leader Nelson Mandela addresses the General Assembly about his fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, four years before being elected President.


Nelson Mandela adresses the General Assembly