Nelson Mandela International Day

world — it's not only the absence of war, the world — is create an environment where everyone can thrive, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, class, caste or any other social factor or situation. Religion, ethnicity, language, social and cultural experience — are important components of human civilization, which enrich its diversity. Can we allow them to become the reason for the stratification of society or cruelty? If this happens, it undermines the foundations of our humanity.
Nelson Mandela

International Day of Nelson Mandela (Nelson Mandela International Day) established by the UN General Assembly in November 2009 and is celebrated annually on July 18. A new date in the calendar of international festivals appeared in recognition of the contribution of the former president of Africa to peace and freedom.

— the first black president of the Republic of South Africa. In the period of apartheid was one of the most prominent activists in the struggle for human rights, for which 26 years spent in prison. In 1990, the human rights activist was released from prison, and in 1993 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

A year later, April 27 in 1994, held the first in South Africa's general election with granting full voting rights to all residents of the multinational country. According to their results, Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa — and the first black person to hold this post.

UN General Assembly Resolution, which established the date of the holiday, "recognizes the vital values ??of Nelson Mandela and his dedicated service to humanity in the field of conflict resolution , race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, in reconciliation, in promoting gender equality, the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the advancement of the poorest and least developed social groups. " The document also highlights the contribution of the South African President to becoming world peace.

Day of Nelson Mandela in the United Nations information centers and political institutions around the world with various activities. Organized thematic debates and readings, pass screening of the movie "Invictus", dedicated to the South African president, hosts concerts of ethnic music, open and historical photographic exhibition.