United Nations pays tribute to Nelson Mandela's contributions to public service
The United Nations marked Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July, celebrating the South African leader's 95th birthday and honouring his dedication to public service and social justice and reconciliation. At United Nations Headquarters in New York, the General Assembly held a special meeting to mark the Day. Speakers included former United States President Bill Clinton, Reverend Jesse Jackson, singer, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte, and Andrew Mlangeni, a close friend of Mr. Mandela who was imprisoned with him. To commemorate the Day, the UN joined the call “Take Action, Inspire Change” by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to volunteer 67 minutes in helping others through community service. The "67-minutes" campaign is based on people devoting one minute of their time for every year that Mr. Mandela devoted to public service, as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically-elected President of post-apartheid South Africa. 

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