Mandela Day

Nelson Mandela Day was launched on 18 July 2009  – Mandela’s birthday – as a core initiative of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

It was inspired by a call that the late Nelson Mandela had made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices, when he said “it is in your hands now”.

In 2009 the UN General Assembly unanimously declared 18 July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”.

No matter how small the action, the aim is to change the world for the better, just as Mr Mandela did, every day.