Mandela Day is a day on which a tribute is made to a person who dedicated his life to humanity and to defend human rights, Nelson Mandela.
In South Africa, President Jacob Zuma called on his countrymen to collaborate with a campaign by Madiba Urban Grooming and urged to clean clinics, schools, parks, avenues and general environments in honor of the revered national hero.
In November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July as Mandela Day in recognition of the former South African contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
This year, the general secretary of the United Nations (UN) called on all people of the world to dedicate 67 minutes of their personal time to help others, to commemorate the International Day of Nelson Mandela. “67 minutes one for each year of struggle against apartheid and domination of the white minority.”
The world celebrates on July 18 another birthday of the South African leader Nelson Mandela, but for the first time without his physical presence.
I am convinced that friendship, in a global world such as this, is a must, especially for building bridges of friendship and understanding thus inspiring encounters. The diversity and different points of view need not be an impediment to work collaboratively with each other.
The bond of relationships is part of our journey through this world. It’s everything. We need friends like the air we breathe, but friends also require our support. It is a continuous and permanent reciprocity. There is no greater satisfaction than to feel protected, valued and understood by our own community.
To mark Friendship Day, the United Nations invited all Member States, international and regional organizations and civil society, to hold events or activities that contribute to the efforts of the international community to promote dialogue between civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
Friendship Day aims to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
The General Assembly designated 2011 as the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and presents an opportunity to build bridges between communities.