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Celebration of Nelson Mandela Day (7595947574)
MONUSCO staff cleaning a section of Goma General Hospital in the DRC on Mandela Day 2012

Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an international holiday in honor of Nelson Mandela who has contributed for world peace and conflict resolution. It is celebrated each year on 18 July (Mandela's birthday). The day was officially declared by the United Nations General Assembly in November 2009.

The first UN Mandela Day was held on 18 July 2010. However, other groups had celebrated Mandela Day the previous year, on 18 July 2009. This was Mandela's 91st birthday. A series of concerts art exhibitions, fundraising and educational events were held. They led up to a concert at Radio City Music Hall.

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