On the occasion of Mandela Day, officially declared by the United Nations in 2009 to be observed on July 18, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, "Nelson Mandela's extraordinary compassion after 27 years in prison showed that human rights and equality are stronger than discrimination and hate."
On the first Mandela Day after his death last year, UN urged people across the world to spare 67 minutes of their time helping others to mark the day. "By devoting 67 minutes of their time ? one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela's public service ? people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good," wrote UN on its website.
It has been informed by the UN that in New York, UN staff, including the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, volunteered their time pulling out weeds, putting down mulch and watering tree beds to help take care of newly planted trees on the streets of Midtown Manhattan and East Harlem.
On this day are motivated to donate time to public service as part of global call to action that celebrates the idea that 'each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact'. The Mandela Day campaign message is: "Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We're asking you to start with 67 minutes."