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Nelson Mandela International Day
Date: 18 July 2017
Organization: UNOG
Location: Room XX
Category: Commemoration

Join us on Tuesday, 18 July 2017, at 1 p.m. in front of Room XX
to mark Nelson Mandela International Day

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.
While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.” – Nelson Mandela

On 18 July - the day Nelson Mandela was born - the world celebrates
Nelson Mandela International Day.

Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, will deliver opening remarks and read a message by the United Nations Secretary-General. Her Excellency Mrs Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations in Geneva; His Excellency Mr Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations in Geneva; and Christof Heyns, Member of the UN Human Rights Committee, will also speak on this occasion.

Refreshments will be served from 1.30 p.m.

This year again, the United Nations joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation for people to devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Nelson Mandela’s public service – to helping others, as a way to mark the day. Staff members are highly encouraged to volunteer by making a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.

The Day celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world.

This year, it is dedicated to “taking action against poverty” – honouring Mandela’s leadership and commitment to the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice for all ( https://www.mandeladay.com/).

The event also coincides with the 9
th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, a leading human rights education event organized by the Centre for Human Rights, based at the University of Pretoria, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, that is taking place in Geneva from 18 to 21 July 2017. It brings together some 80 law students representing 37 universities from all five UN regions arguing hypothetical human rights cases before eminent judges. You can attend the final round on 21 July, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Room XX of the Palais des Nations).

For more information, please visit http://www.un.org/en/events/mandeladay/.

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