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'Action against Poverty' is call of Nelson Mandela International Day this year
This year, on July 18, the Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.

"The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to 'make of the world a better place.' The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to 'Action Against Poverty', honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all," informs the UN website.

At the UN headquarters in New York, in its Visitor's Lobby, an exhibit called "Building on the Legacy of Nelson Mandela" has been put up for display till 2 September. Meanwhile, a video message of UN chief paying tributes to Nelson Mandela has been released on the website of the UN.

"An exhibit honouring Mandela's contributions to the main areas of work of the UN - peace and security, human rights, and sustainable development - will be on view at UNHQ from July 9 till September 2. The exhibit, organized by the UN Department of Public Information in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN, also illustrates initiatives taken by the UN General Assembly in recognition of the South African leader's legacy," stated the website.

Here is the message from Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO: "In 2018, the international community will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela's birth. Nelson Mandela will continue to be remembered as one of the political giants of the 20th century. Five years after his death, the world misses the courage and vision of this freedom fighter, leader and unifier who changed history."

"Mandela's life will continue to be a great source of inspiration for defenders of fundamental human rights across countries and across generations," she added.

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