Nelson Mandela day is observed on July 18 every year. The United Nations (UN) had in 2009 declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela Day to honour Nelson Mandela, a South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first President from 1994 to 1999. Mandela was the first black head of state and was the first elected President in a fully democratic election in South Africa. The Day will also enlighten his transitional steps to defeat multiracial democracy in South Africa. This article entitles the history and significance of this day authentically.
The day was first celebrated on July 18, 2010, the 92nd birthday of Mandela, to honour the achievements of the anti-apartheid leader. To mark the first celebration of Mandela Day, fundraising programs, art exhibitions and music concerts were organised.
Today, we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy and his unending belief in our impact as individuals, organisations and nations.
“Let us all take a moment to reflect on what we can do to positively impact our communities and environment; creating a world our children will proudly call home”.
“It is in your hands to make a better world for all who live in it” – Nelson Mandela
In celebrating the Nelson Mandela International Day and Enduring Legacy, Ajan Fofanah, a Sierra Leonean, said “Let Us All Work Together to Foster Peace across the Globe, for there will be No Development Without Peace”.
Theme for Nelson Mandela International Day 2023
With the theme Climate, Food & Solidarity, we are calling on our partners and the public to take action against climate change and create food-resilient environments in solidarity with communities across the world facing crisis due to climate change. This year, the call to action is, “It’s in your hands”.
Significance of Nelson Mandela International Day 2023
Nelson Mandela Day signifies the importance of serving humankind and working for those who cannot fight on their own. Mandela Day is a global call to action which celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to bring a change and make an impact on society. This day plays a significant role in honoring the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the former South African President. This day is also known as ‘46664 ’ and was originally launched to create awareness about HIV/AIDS.
46664 was a series of AIDS benefit concerts played in honour of Nelson Mandela by South African and foreign musicians between 2003 and 2008.
History of Nelson Mandela International Day
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared July 18 as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day to recognise the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom in society. He was not only the first democratically elected black president but also a man with colossal dreams to transform the world.
This day acknowledges his fight against poverty, gender inequality, racism, and the abolition of human rights. UN’s resolution A/RES/64/13 observes Mandela’s values and his lifelong dedication to the service of humanity.
Source: Current Affairs