General Assembly commemorates Nelson Mandela International Day

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Mr. Andrew Mlangeni in an event commemorating the Nelson Mandela International Day. [UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe]

The UN General Assembly on Thursday commemorated the birthday of a global hero and icon of justice and equality: former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Among the guest speakers was Andrew Mlangeni, who was imprisoned alongside Mandela in June 1964 for fighting the racist apartheid regime in their homeland.

"Madiba has become the symbol of hope for mankind because his essence was and remains for the restoration of dignity and shared humanity. For many in the world, he represents the desire for a world free from want, marginalization and fear."

Nelson Mandela, who is now 95 years old, has devoted 67 years of his life to serving humanity.

In honour of this, people are asked to volunteer 67 minutes of their time on his birthday, 18 July, which is celebrated as Nelson Mandela International Day.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’03″

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