News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 19, 2013: The United Nations on Thursday, July 18th, marked Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrating the South African leader’s 95th birthday and honoring his dedication to public service, social justice and reconciliation, inspiring millions around the world.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton were among those on hand to laud Madiba, before the start of an informal meeting of the plenary of the General Assembly in New York City.
Andrew Mlangeni, 87, who was imprisoned with Mr Mandela on Robben Island, also spoke at the informal meeting of the plenary of the General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters.
Mandela remains in a hospital in Pretoria but his doctors have confirmed that his health is steadily improving. In an interview with Britain’s Sky News, one of Mandela’s daughters, Zindzi Mandela-Motlhajwa, said on Wednesday that Mr. Mandela was watching television and using headphones to hear the sound.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, (L), Rev. Jesse Jackson, (C) and Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, (R), on the commemoration of the Nelson Mandela International Day, at U.N. Headquarters, on Thursday July 18, 2013, in New York City.
Andrew Mlangeni addressing the UN on Thursday July 18, 2013, in New York City.
(Photos: Hayden Roger Celestin)