United Nations Nelson Mandela International Day, July 18, 2014

On July 18, 2014, the international community will celebrate the Nelson Mandela International Day. This was started by the United Nations many years ago not only to honor and celebrate the exemplary life of Nelson Mandela but also to reaffirm the global awareness and adherence to the principles of Freedom, Justice and Democracy for all peoples of the world.

The video posted above was taken during Mandela’s receiving the Enron Prize for Distinguished Service at Baker Institute For Public Policy, Rice University. He delivered a speech that reflected his sentiments about conflict resolution. I hope you will like watching this video, even if it is a bit old. Now, let us have a look at who was Nelson Mandela.

According to Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopeida “Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (/mænˈdɛlə/;[4] Xhosa pronunciation: [xoˈliːɬaɬa manˈdeːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.”

“Mandela was a controversial figure for much of his life. Denounced as a communist terrorist by critics,[5][6] he nevertheless gained international acclaim for his activism, having received more than 250 honours, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Soviet Order of Lenin. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata (“Father”); he is often described as “the father of the nation”….” (Source: Wikiedia, The Free Encyclopedia).


The video posted above was taken from youtube and uploaded by Baker Institute For Public Policy, Rice University, during the awarding of Enron Prize. This is the description of the video from Baker Institute via youtube:

“Former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace prize winner Nelson Mandela delivers his views on world affairs on the occasion of receiving the Enron Prize. President Mandela is introduced by His Royal Highness Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States of America.”

Earthniversity would like to thank the following”

1. Baker Institute video posted on youtube – Nelson Mandela receiving the Enron Prize.
2. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia – Nelson Mandela.