UN declares July 18 as Nelson Mandela Day
The UN General Assembly has declared July 18 “Nelson Mandela International Day” to mark the South African anti-apartheid leader’s contribution to peace. A resolution adopted by consensus by the 192-member world body calls for commemorations every year, starting on July 18, 2010, Mandela’s birthday, to recognise the Nobel Peace Prize laureate’s contribution to resolving conflicts and promoting race relations, human rights and reconciliation.
Mandela led the fight against apartheid in South Africa as head of the African National Congress’ armed wing. He was convicted of sabotage and other crimes and served 27 years in prison. When freed in 1990, he helped lead South Africa’s transition toward democracy.