Every year on July 18 – the day Nelson Mandela was born – the international community observes the International Day of Nelson Mandela. This day is the birthday of the greatest fighter against apartheid, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, peacemaker and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Every year on July 18 – the day Nelson Mandela was born – the international community observes the International Day of Nelson Mandela. This day is the birthday of the greatest fighter against apartheid, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, peacemaker and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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.

In his message on the occasion of the International Day the UN Secretary–General Ban Ki–moon said : "This year’s commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day comes at a moment of deep reflection on the life and work of Madiba, as the universally revered leader remains in the hospital. As we extend our best wishes to President Mandela on his 95th birthday, let us also give tangible meaning to our feelings of concern by taking action on behalf of others”.

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated since 2010, in accordance with resolution 64/13 of the United Nations General Assembly. And the motto of the day from year to year remains the same – “Take Action!
Inspire Change". To follow this call one can read to someone who can’t, visit a local home for the blind and open up a new world for someone else, help out at the local animal shelter, make a new friend with someone of a totally different culture. This is just a few examples of how you can take action and inspire changes. It is important that no one is left untouched.

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