UN to celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day

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BRUSSELS, BelgiumThe United Nations Information Centre in partnership with the South African High Commission in Tanzania will  commemorate the International Nelson Mandela Day at the Buguruni School for the Deaf in Buguruni Malapa in Dar es Salaam.

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared through Resolution A/RES/64/13  that 18th July would be “Nelson Mandela International Day” in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

The event in this year commemorates 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.  Nelson Mandela International Day also celebrates and reflects on Mandela’s life and legacy, focused on his values and dedication to conflict resolution, race relations, reconciliation, human rights, gender equality, the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice. As in past years, people around the world are encouraged to use 18th July to take action and inspire change by devoting time to community service, focused on fighting poverty, supporting vulnerable groups, and promoting human rights.

In Tanzania, participants at the Buguruni school for the deaf include Members of the diplomatic community, UN officials, youths, south African diaspora in Tanzania and the media.

Nelson Mandela wished to be honored through voluntary work. At the school, all participants will participate in voluntary cleaning up activities and spending time with the disabled children.

At UN Head Quarters in New York, events will include an informal meeting of the General Assembly featuring remarks by the President of the General Assembly and the UN Secretary-General.