Nelson Mandela International Day: Every year, Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on July 18 as a call to all for bringing change in their actions and inspiring others. The day is a remembrance of the first democratically elected President of South Africa and his struggle for justice against apartheid.
Who was Nelson Mandela?
A human rights activist, international promotor of peace, and lawyer, Nelson Mandela was the first people’s leader of South Africa. Born on July 18, 1918, Nelson Mandela was the son of Chief Henry Mandela. He joined the African National Congress and become the leader of its Youth League. Mandela was honored with Nobel Peace Prize in October 1993. He died at the age of 95 in 2013.
Nelson Mandela International Day 2022 Theme
According to the UN (United Nations), Nelson Mandela International Day 2022 Theme is “do what you can with where you are and what you have”. This theme finds significance given the geopolitical landscape in eastern Europe as well as sporadic conflicts in the Horn of Africa, followed by the crisis in Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and various other parts across the world, as the UN chief notes.
Nelson Mandela Day History and Significance
Nelson Mandela Day came into existence in November 2009, after the UN General Assembly recognized the former contribution of Mandela to peace and the freedom fight. The UNGA adopted the resolution outlining the dedication and values to the service of humanity in race relations, conflict resolution, protection of human rights, fight against poverty, and many more. In the year 2014, the UNGA introduced the Nelson Mandela Prize to honor the achievements of those who dedicated their lives to humanity.