Nelson Mandela International Day is an annual day in honour of Nelson Mandela celebrated every year on July 18th on Nelson Mandala’s birthday. This day was officially declared by the UN in November 2009 and the first Nelson Mandala International Day help on July 18th 2010.
April 27th 2009 there were 46,664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation invited the global community to join them in support for an official Mandela Day – a day to honour the legacy of his work, Presidency and his values through volunteering and community service. Today is a global call to action to celebrate the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact. The Mandala Day campaign message is: “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes. We would be honoured if such a day can serve to bring together people around the world to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity,” according to a statement issued on Mandela’s behalf. To mark the first global celebration of Mandela Day on 18 July 2009, Mandela’s 91st birthday, a series of educational, art exhibit, fund-raising and volunteer events leading up to a concert at Radio City Music Hall on 18 July were organised by the 46664 concerts and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly formally declared 18 July to be “Nelson Mandela International Day”. In 2014, the UN General Assembly established the Nelson Mandela Prize, a quinquennial award recognizing the achievements of those who dedicated their lives to the service of humanity.