Nelson Mandela International Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on July 18, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday and of his contributions to humanity, the struggle for democracy at an international level and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
The assembly recognizes Mandela’s dedication in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, reconciliation, the promotion and protection of human rights and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, such as poor and underdeveloped communities.
This celebration was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year before to encourage the next generation to take over the leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.
In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the purpose of Nelson Mandela International Day to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners as a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.
This year, Stop Hunger Now is the main theme of the Global Movement to Eradicate Hunger on the International Mandela Day. In this regard, the Stop Hunger Now South African legacy will be hosting Meal Packaging Events from July 13-21 across seven cities in South Africa.
The theme “Follow the Sun” will mark the first meal packing event, starting in the East, with Stop Hunger Now Malaysia, and ending in the West, with Stop Hunger Now United States (just like the motion of the Sun, which rises in the East and sets in the West).
Ten million meals have been targeted worldwide with South Africa taking the lead of this action. Some of the International countries participating will be India, Italy, Malaysia, Philippines, America and Southern Africa.
Here, the cities involved are Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port.
The video below, posted on the 46664 Official Channel on YouTube, shows the core of Mandela’s speech, which inspired the establishment of the recurrence. Watch it to learn more about Mandela’s message.