International Nelson Mandela Day

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International Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated across the world on 18 July every year to mark the birth anniversary of Nelson Mandela, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of South Africa.

Important facts

  • The observance of this day seeks to celebrate the idea that every individual has the power to change the world, the ability to make an impact.

  • It aims to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.

  • In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) officially declared 18 July as "International Nelson Mandela Day" in honour of the former President of South Africa's contribution to a culture of peace and freedom.

  • It also reflects the anti-apartheid icon's commitment to promoting the values of democracy, racial justice and human rights in the field of racial relations, and his dedication to serving humanity.

About Nelson Mandela

  • Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

  • On 5 August 1962, he was arrested for inciting the workers to strike and leaving the country without permission.

  • He was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment on 12 July 1964.

  • He was released on 11 February 1990 after spending 27 years in prison.

  • On 10 May 1994, Mandela became the first black president of South Africa.

  • Nelson Mandela is called the Gandhi of South Africa.


  • Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 jointly with Frederick Willem de Klerk, former President of South Africa

  • order of lenin

  • Bharat Ratna (1990)

  • Nishan-e-Pakistan

  • Gandhi Peace Prize (2008)

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