The United Nations Information Centre in partnership with the South African High Commission in Tanzania will on Wednesday the 18th of July, 2018 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 18 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 18 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. More information is available on this website: . The Hashtags to use are: #MandelaDay , #Mandela100.

WHO:             South African High Commission and UN Information Centre.

WHAT:          Nelson Mandela International Day

WHEN:          18th July, 2018 from 09:00-11:00 a.m.

WHERE:       At Buguruni school for the deaf-

WHY:             In honor of Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela. The centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year’s Mandela Day to action against poverty
(, honouring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
The United Nations is organizing events and activities around the world, including in
Antananarivo,Brazzaville, Cairo,Canberra,Colombo, Dakar,Geneva,Islamabad, Jakarta, Lagos, Lima, Lomé, Lusaka,Manama, Manila, Mexico, Moscow, Nairobi, Pretoria, Rio, Tehran, and Yaoundé.

In New York, the following UN events are scheduled to take place:17 July Exhibit opening: 6:30
–8:30 p.m.UN Headquarters, Visitors Lobby The exhibit,“Building on the Legacy of Nelson Mandela,”honours Nelson Mandela’s contributions to the main areas of work of the United
Nations—peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development—
and illustrates initiatives taken by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the South African leader’s legacy on the promotion of social justice, the fight against poverty, and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.  The exhibit is organized by the United Nations Department of Public Information, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of South Africa
to the United Nations, and will be on view through 2 September.The opening is expected to feature remarks by the Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, the Executive Director of UN Women, and the Under -Secretary-General for Global Communications.
Refreshments will be served.18 July UN General Assembly Meeting: 11:00 a.m.-
12:30 p.m. UN Headquarters, ECOSOC Chamber; live on The General Assembly will mark Nelson Mandela International Day with an informal meeting featuring
remarks by the President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General, the
Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, the Commissioner for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, representatives of the five regional groups,a representative of
theUnited States of America,and SDG Advocate/UNESCO Special Envoy
for Peace and Reconciliation Forest Whitaker.
The meeting will also include the unveiling of a new stamp released by the UN Postal Administration to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and his 100th birthday.The UN
stamp designed by Norwegian artist Martin Mörck is issued in Swiss francs
(in French) and features the Nelson Mandela quote: “It is easy to break down a
nd destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”
Volunteering in Harlem community gardens: 2:30–4:00 p.m.134 Street Farm (118 West 13
4th Street) The UN Department of Public Information and the Office of the President of the General Assembly are partnering with the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs
and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to engage UN staff and the diplomatic community in supporting community gardens in Harlem.
UN volunteers will be working at three gardens managed by Harlem Grown (,an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition.
The activity also provides an opportunity for UN staff and delegates to give back to the community in New York City, the permanent host of the United Nations Headquarters.
Brief remarks by the President of the General Assembly,the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the UN,the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications,and the Commissioner for the NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs are expected in the main garden at 118 West 134th Street at 2:30 p.m.20 July Book launch: 2:00–3:00 p.m.UN Headquarters,Bookshop; live on The United Nations bookshop is hosting a launch of The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela in honour of Nelson
Mandela International Day and the Mandela centenary.
The event will be moderated by Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, and will feature Sahm Venter, the editor of the newly released book, and Zamaswazi Dlamini -Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter and the author of the foreword.
The book is composed of 255 of Mandela’s letters, many of which have never been published. The letters provide exceptional insight into how Mandela maintained his inner spirits and how he engaged with an outside world that became increasingly outraged by his plight. Organized chronologically,The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela begins in Pretoria Local Prison, where Mandela was held following his 1962 trial,and ends in Victor
Verster Prison in February 1990 when he was finally released. There will be a Facebook live session.
Background:Nelson Mandela International Day was established by UN G
eneral Assembly resolution A/RES/64 /13 in November 2009, in recognition of the South African leader’s contributions to conflict resolution,race relations,reconciliation, the promotion and protection of human rights , gender equality, the rights of children and other
vulnerable groups, and the fight against poverty.The resolution also acknowledges his contributions to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
year, on 18 July
individuals around the
world are encouraged to
take action and inspire change by devoting
time to community service.
On social media
, follow the hashtags
y and #Mandela100
More information:
To request
media accreditation
for the UN General Assembly event
or the exhibit opening
, please visit
Media contact
UN Department of Public Information:
Martina Donlon,
+1 212 963 6816
NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs:
Megan MacInnes,
+1 212 319 9300
Issued by the UN Department of Public Information,
July 201


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