In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18th July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. Nelson Mandela was dedicated to serve humanity by promoting and protecting human rights, gender equality, the rights of children and vulnerable groups, as well as the upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities.
Nelson Mandela contributed to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace and freedom throughout the world.
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.
Now the Nelson Mandela foundation calls for everyone to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
UNICEF advocacy calendar 2015