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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Nelson Mandela International Day 2016, July 18.

 
 

The 14th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture 2016
 
 

Nelson Mandela International Day is an opportunity to reflect on the life and work of a legend who embodied the highest values of the United Nations.

Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.

Today, we remember a man of quiet dignity and towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace and human dignity.

Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but made the world a better place for everyone, everywhere.

Nelson Mandela showed the way.

As the United Nations sets out to implement the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, let us seek to continue building on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of selflessness and deep sense of shared purpose.

The United Nations joins the Mandela Foundation in inviting people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes on 18 July to a community service activity.

At the heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is volunteer work for people and the planet. Its theme – “Take action, Inspire change” – is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world.

Tutor a child.  Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Volunteer to serve at a hospital or community centre. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place.

This is the best tribute to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and human equality, showed how one person can make a difference.

Let us all continue being inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and his call to never cease working to build a better world for all.

Ban Ki-moon


President Jacob Zuma wishes all South Africans a meaningful and fulfilling International Mandela Day 2016 18 July.

The United Nations declared 18 July, Madiba’s birthday, as International Mandela Day. Tata Madiba had called for this day to be used to dedicate 67 minutes to doing good deeds in our communities....

“As we remember our beloved Madiba, South Africans will take to the streets and engage in all kinds of meaningful and constructive community work. We wish all our people well as they follow in Tata’s footsteps in this manner. Caring for the sick, orphans and vulnerable children, the aged, cleaning our environment and surroundings, cleaning our schools are all activities that also contribute to promoting national unity and cohesion in our country. We congratulate all who will participate in various programmes, and urge all South Africans to make time and find something meaningful to do, in memory of Madiba,’ said President Zuma.


 

 
Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, President of the General Assembly,
Stevie Wonder, our great United Nations Messenger of Peace,
Ambassador Matjila of South Africa,
 Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,
 
Thank you all for coming together here at the UN for Nelson Mandela International Day here in New York. Let me begin by saying the Secretary-General very much wanted to be here with you. But he is in perhaps an equally fitting place. The Secretary-General is in South Africa today, marking Nelson Mandela International Day at the AIDS conference in Durban. Nelson Mandela, Madiba, would have been 98 years old today – and, as the Secretary-General has noted, his birthday is a day to celebrate the life and work of a legend who embodies the highest values and the most fundamental principles of the United Nations. Madiba was a model global citizen whose example continues to guide us in our work to build a better world for all.
 
 Today, we remember a man of quiet and commanding dignity. A man of towering achievement who worked tirelessly for peace, development and human dignity. Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life to bring change to the people of South Africa. His accomplishments came at great personal cost to himself and his family. His sacrifice not only served the people of his nation, but all people around the world, giving them hope to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. Rarely has one person in history stirred people’s dreams, hopes and calls for action. Nelson Mandela continues to show us the way.
 
  As the United Nations sets out to achieve the transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, let us continue to build on Nelson Mandela’s legacy of selflessness, tolerance and sense of shared purpose. The United Nations joins the Mandela Foundation in inviting people around the world to devote at least 67 minutes on 18 July to community service. I would welcome if anyone wants to extend that to 67 hours. At the heart of Nelson Mandela International Day is not least volunteer work for people and the planet. Its theme – “Take action, Inspire change” – is meant to mobilize the human family to do more to build a peaceful, sustainable and equitable world. There is so much we can do. Tutor a child. Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Volunteer to serve at a hospital or community centre. Help a refugee family. Be part of the Mandela movement to make the world a better place. Nobody can do everything but everybody can do something.
 
 This is the best tribute we can give to an extraordinary man who, with his steadfast belief in justice and equality, showed how one person can make a difference. Let us all continue to be inspired by Nelson Mandela’s lifelong example and by his call to never cease working to build a better world for all.  Thank you
 
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General's  
 
 
 
Devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
 
In December 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the revised rules as the “United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners”. As per the recommendation of the Expert Group, the revised rules are to be known as "the Nelson Mandela Rules" to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle for global human rights, equality, democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace.

In the resolution, the General Assembly further decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day, observed each year on 18 July, to be also utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance  
 
Speaking out for justice
 

 
 
 
 
EVENTS : Commemorative Events for 2016.


New York
 
 
 



MEDIA ADVISORY
Meeting of the UN General Assembly : The United Nations General Assembly will mark Nelson Mandela International Day with an informal meeting at UN Headquarters starting at 11:00 a.m. on 18 July.

More details to follow soon. The event will be webcast live at webtv.un.org/live/.

 
 

Public service activity

 
This year, the UN Department of Public Information, supported by UN Women, is marking Mandela Day in New York by helping women in need receive professional clothing donations, career counselling, child care, and nutritious meals.

To mark the day, UN staff have the opportunity to volunteer for Citymeals on Wheels, which delivers meals to homebound elderly, or Safe Horizon, which supports women, children and men who have suffered domestic violence.

Staff are also encouraged to donate professional clothing and accessories to Dress for Success and Bottomless Closet, which help disadvantaged women in securing a job and achieving economic independence, and Career Gear, which supports men in poverty to become stronger contributors to their families and communities.
 

Around the world

UN information centres around the world are organizing events and activities to commemorate Mandela Day. On social media, follow the hashtags #MandelaDay and #Time2Serve.


South Africa, University of Pretoria.

Bill gates Delivers the 14th Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture

Gates highlights the need for a new social pact across the globe to end protracted conflict, overcome intolerance and prejudice, improve access to healthcare and education, and reduce poverty and inequality.
The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is the Foundation’s flagship programme to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela, and to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. It encourages both local and international dialogue – often about difficult subjects – as a means to address the multiple and complex challenges that face the world today. The Lectures are delivered by speakers who have made a significant contribution in their field of expertise
 
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Support the Trek4Mandela initiative
 
Fellow motorbikers DJ Fresh, Zelda la Grange, Angie Khumalo, Alex Caige and others will embark on the seventh annual Bikers for Mandela day.
When: Thursday, 14 July 2016.


Painting it Forward,
When: Monday, 18 July 2016
Where: Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa
On Mandela Day (18 July 2016) the Finesse Painting team of 8 people shall donate a day of painting
to a deserving organisation focused on children or the elderly within the municipal…
 
Education & Literacy,
When: 18 July 2016
Where: 2 Dagbreek Road, Cape Town, South Africa
The Amy Biehl Foundation "Changing Lives"
Help us change a life today. Get involved! Read a book, cook a meal, kick a ball, sow a seed. The Amy Biehl Foundation is a non- profit organisation that specialises in programmes to…

 
 
AUDIO :

The series has been broadcast around the world, reaching more than 50 million Listeners.
In the process of documenting this history, Radio Diaries recorded more than 100 hours of first person interviews. Today, these broadcast quality recordings represent some of the most in depth, detailed, and personal accounts of the struggle against apartheid.
“The Nelson Mandela Foundation will preserve and make this oral history archives available for scholars and researchers. I’m delighted that we can bring these stories alive for our 8 million followers on Facebook,” said Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

 
 
 
 
NEWS : 
 
 
We can achieve Mandela's dream of unity - Bill Gates

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