The United Nations General Assembly has declared 18 July of each year to be observed as Nelson Mandela International Day with effects from 2010.
This declaration was arrived at after the Assembly came up with a draft resolution A/64/L.13 entitled “Nelson Mandela International Day” on November 10th, 2009.
This is according to a statement released to ZANIS,signed by First Secretary for Press at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York Moses Walubita
The resolution recognizes Mr Mandela’s leading role in the support for Africa’s struggle for liberation and contribution to the creation of a non-racial and democratic South Africa.
The resolution also recognizes South Africa’s first black President’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity.
Mr Mandela President served humanity in the fields of conflict resolution, promotion and protection of human rights as well as uplifting poor and underdeveloped communities.
Introducing the draft resolution , Permanent Representative of South Africa Baso Sangqu thanked in particular the Heads of State and government of Non- Aligned Movement(NAM) for their support and endorsement of the initiative.
He also gave a brief account on Mr. Mandela’s struggle during the days of apartheid and his leadership through South Africa’s most terrible and triumphant times.
Meanwhile, Zambia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Lazarous Kapambwe also showed his gratitude in the declaration of Mandela’s day adding that Mr. Mandela has done a lot and therefore deserves what is due to him.
Mr. Kapambwe said that Mr Mandela is a world treasure and Zambia was proud to be one of the co-sponsors of the resolution declaring 18 July, his birthday as Nelson Mandela Day.