Nelson Mandela Day

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared July 18 as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his contributions to the culture of peace and freedom.

In the resolution that established this international day, the UNGA acknowledged Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity in conflict resolution, race relations, human rights promotion, reconciliation, gender equality, children’s rights, poverty alleviation, and social justice. Furthermore, the resolution acknowledged Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of peace throughout the world.

The theme for 2022 is “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation promotes community and home gardens, encourages the planting of fruit and indigenous trees, and raises awareness of the links between food security and climate change. In 2022, they will highlight the plight of food security and climate change with the tagline “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”