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Mandela Day: UN urges people to take action and inspire change
Mandela Day was observed on July 18 across the globe by UN agencies and more so in South Africa with a 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 UN has urged people to join the campaign "Take Action! Inspire Change"  saying, " Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better, and Mandela Day is an occasion for everyone to take action and inspire change."

Mandela Day, proclaimed by the United Nations in 2009, is an annual international day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on July 18, Mandela's birthday. The observance is meant  'to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service'.

On one of the observances Nelson Mandela had stated, "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."

The symbolic walk and music shows were held in many places in South Africa to encourage 67 minutes social work  to commemorate the 67 years Mandela spent fighting for social justice. The famous freedom charter characterised by its opening demand: "The People Shall Govern!" was evoked at places by the activists.

In educational institutions of South Africa special lectures on the life and works of late Nelson Mandela were held.

According to the UN, the observance is to stand for 'freedom, justice and democracy' and to 'make a difference in the community'.

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