Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:15:00 GMT | By IANS

Mandela International Day launched

July 18 was endorsed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly as Nelson Mandela International Day.


Nelson Mandela day to be instituted (© Reuters)

Cape Town: The UN and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) launched the Mandela International Day, even as the anti-apartheid icon spent his 12th day in hospital for a recurring lung problem.

This event marked the official launch of programmes to celebrate Mandela's 95th birthday July 18, Xinhua reported. July 18 was endorsed in 2009 by the UN General Assembly as Nelson Mandela International Day.

"The establishment of the Nelson Mandela International Day followed Mr. Mandela's call to the world June 27, 2008 that we can all make a difference by doing good in our communities," the NMCM said in a statement.

To honour the day, South Africans and people around the globe have been urged to volunteer 67 minutes of their time for community service.

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