New York – The General Assembly on Tuesday, 10 November 2009, established July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day.
The day is the birthday of the icon of the struggle against apartheid and the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
The resolution establishing the day recognizes the long history of Nelson Mandela’s leading role in and support for Africa’s struggle for liberation and unity.
It also recognizes his outstanding contribution to the creation of a non-racial non-sexist, democratic South Africa and democracy internationally as well as in the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Speaking through an interpreter, the President of the General Assembly, Ambassador Ali Treki said the General Assembly paid tribute to Nelson Mandela.
“Today in adopting the draft resolution in honouring Nelson Mandela, we express our attachment to freedom and respect and honour and we express our appreciation to this great man who dedicated his life and he suffered for the sake man everywhere. We would like to express our appreciation for this great man.”
Nelson Mandela International Day will be observed each year beginning in 2010.