Be part of "Mandela movement" for a better world

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UN General Assembly marks Nelson Mandela International Day. UN Photo/ Devra Berkowitz.

Be part of the "Mandela movement" to make the world a better place, the UN Secretary-General has urged ahead of Mandela International Day observed on 18 July.

Nelson Mandela was the world's most famous prisoner of conscience who resisted the former system of racial discrimination in South Africa known as apartheid.

The activist went on to become the country's first black president in 1994.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

Every year on Nelson's Mandela's birthday, 18 July, people are asked to volunteer for at least 67 minutes.

Those minutes represent the 67 years the former South African president devoted to bring change to his country.

His sacrifice not only served people of his nation, the UN Secretary-General said, but made the world a better place for everyone.

Tutor a child. Feed the hungry. Clean up a site or care for your environment. Be part of the "Mandela movement", Ban Ki-moon urged.

Build on the legacy of selflessness and deep sense of share purpose as the UN sets out to rid the world of extreme poverty by implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he noted.

Doing so would be the best tribute to a man who showed how one person could make a difference, Mr Ban added.

Mr Mandela also known as "Madiba" died in his native village on 5 December 2013.

Jocelyne Sambira , United Nations.

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