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Hi and thanks for visiting my profile :) My name is Hussam, I'm a blogger-researcher-journalist, member of the European Youth Press’ Middle East and North Africa Committee (MENAC). I studied in Italy (Trieste/Gorizia), England (SOAS, London), and Poland (College of Europe). Academically, my background is mainly in Diplomacy and International Relations, with a focus on Environment. My interests are climate change, water, development and international cooperation.


Nelson Mandela’s day: 18th of July

Published 14th July 2010 - 8 comments - 1731 views -


For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains,

but to live in a way that enhances and respects the

freedom of others


Nelson Mandela


The United Nations have decided in the last year to declare 18 July “Nelson Mandela International Day.” This decision has been made in order to remember the former South African President’s contribution not only to South Africa, but to the whole world. In fact, he strongly helped to spread around the world the culture of peace and freedom.

In november 2009 a General Assembly resolution has been approved in New York, recognizing the important role of the former South African President's and his dedication to the values he believed in such as conflict resolution, race relations, human rights, geneder equality, rights of the children and of the vulnerable grioups and communitires. In the resolution  A/RES/64/13 you can find all the motivations for the decision of the UN to have this special day. 

I believe that it is indeed very important to have a special day dedicated to him, because this day wuill be dedicated to all the people that still today are not free, are discriminated, and whose rights are still denieded. As we have seen in the posts in thsi blog, this kind of situations are still present in the world. Therefore I hope that the 18th of July will be an occasion to remember that these challenges didn't come to an end, not yet..


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  • Helena Goldon on 14th July 2010:

    Let’s remember - 18th July

  • Carmen Paun on 14th July 2010:

    Thanks for letting me know!

  • Andrea Arzaba on 14th July 2010:

    He is one of the most inspiring people of all times!

  • Iris Cecilia Gonzales on 14th July 2010:

    Thanks for the reminder Hussam! I totally agree with Andrea. He is one of the most inspiring people of all times.

  • Andrea Arzaba on 14th July 2010:

    And If you have not readhis biography, is one of the most corageous I have ever read! One recommendation for all wink

  • Hussam Hussein on 14th July 2010:

    Thanks for reading it and commenting. I really appreciate that. Hopefully, this day will be truely taken into consideration. Great man indeed! smile

  • Luan Galani on 15th July 2010:

    Thanks for delivering it. I had no idea about his day.

    I agree with you, he is one of the most inspirational figures of all times. The second Mandela in Africa, in my opinion, living now, is Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia. She is doing a great job! Like Mandela, she established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is very important in what is called nation building, as democracy does not come overnight.

  • Daniel Nylin Nilsson on 23rd July 2010:

    Let’s remember Mandela! smile

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