The Nelson Mandela Foundation has dedicated this year’s Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honoring Nelson Mandela’s leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
Nelson Mandela Day (his birthday) is celebrated every year on July 18 to pay homage to this great leader. The United Nations asks people around the world to celebrate this day to make betterment in their communities. Nelson Mandela devoted his life to service of humanity; he worked for sixty seven years as a human rights lawyer. He was a prisoner of conscience, and an international peacemaker. He was the first elected president of the independent South Africa.
The general assembly of United Nations declared July 18 “Nelson Mandela Day” in November 2009. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change.
General Assembly resolution recognizes Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
In December 2015, the General Assembly decided to extend the scope of Nelson Mandela International Day to also be utilized in order to promote humane conditions of imprisonment, to raise awareness about prisoners being a continuous part of society and to value the work of prison staff as a social service of particular importance.
General Assembly resolution not only adopted the revised United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, but also approved that they should be known as the “Nelson Mandela Rules” in order to honour the legacy of the late President of South Africa, who spent 27 years in prison in the course of his struggle referred to above.