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
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..