Take Action! Inspire Change

Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

How the Day came about

In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day" in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

General Assembly resolution A/RES/64/13 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 upliftment of poor and underdeveloped communities. It acknowledges his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.


Central Park Conservancy's Pitch In, Pick Up

Looking for ways to lend a hand on Nelson Mandela International Day?

With 843 acres and 40 million visitors, there's a lot that goes into maintaining New York City's "backyard."  Every stray napkin and forgotten water bottle adds up.  Central Park Conservancy needs your help, whether you have an hour or an afternoon, to pitch in and pick up.  Spend meaningful time lending a hand in your community by helping Central Park Conservancy's staff in keeping the Park clean and green. For information please go to…/volun…/pitch-in-pick-up.html

20 July 2015

Consul General Mathula Nkosi (with volunteers from the South African Consulate General, SA Tourism and the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the United Nations) heeded the call to "Take Action, Inpire Change!" by helping clean up the North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park.

Staff at the South African Consulate General partnered with Central Park Conservancy and volunteered 67 minutes of their time to help clean up the Belvedere Castle in Central Park.


Reclaiming Our Culture, Environment & Heritage

18 - 24 July 2015
Boys & Girls High School Campus
1700 Fulton Street
Bed Stuy, Brooklyn


18 July 2015

Happy Birthday Madiba Ceremony
Film: Hidden Colors
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

20 July 2015

South African Freedom Dance Class
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Film: School Daze
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

21 July 2015

Drum Class with Gene Osborne
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Film: Amandla
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

22 July 2015

Learn to sing: South African National Anthem
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Film: Sarafina & Youth Panel
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

23 July 2015
Madiba Café:  Poetry Slam
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
24 July 2015
Nelson Mandela International Day of Service
Community Fair, Sports Activities, Art Projects, Closing Ceremony & Special Performances

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