July 18 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
The UN General Assembly has decided to highlight the 100th anniversary of Nelson’s Mandela birth with a high-level summit focused on world peace before the annual leaders meeting in September 2018.
The resolution says that the “Nelson Mandela Peace Summit” will include speeches by senior UN officials, the African Union Commission and Member States. The resolution evokes the anti-apartheid leader’s dedication to promoting conflict resolution, interracial relations, human rights, reconciliation and gender equality.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation suggests as a motto for the centenary: “Be the legacy”.
In 2009, the UN General Assembly established July 18 as “Nelson Mandela International Day”, the birth date of the historic South African leader, urging the World to mark the date making a difference in the communities.
Nelson Mandela was one of the world’s leading leaders whose legacy continues to inspire us.
His fight against the injustice of apartheid and any form of discrimination, in which his ability to make peace and promote reconciliation, are examples for our days.
To celebrate Mandela is to make his inheritance alive.
This is what the Ubuntu Leaders Academy does since 2010, inspiring young people to lead as Mandela. In current complex times, the world needs to be inspired by examples of leaders for building bridges to peace.
The Ubuntu Leaders Academy, a project of IPAV – Instituto Padre António Vieira, which has in Nelson Mandela one of its inspirers, proposed to the Lisbon City Council and the Associação Mutualista Montepio a program of activities/initiatives marking this event giving it full meaning beyond the celebration of the day.