On this day, 99 years ago, the late Nelson Mandela was born into the family of Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Henry (Father) and Nonqaphi Fanny Nosekeni (Mother).

Every year, on Mandela Day, people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mr. Mandela’s public service –  to make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and gravitating towards a global movement for good.

UN staffs around the world have made a difference through varieties of activities in the past – from rebuilding homes destroyed by hurricane Sandy, to offering school supplies to children, preparing meals for the elderly, helping out in orphanages, cleaning up parks and delivering computer literacy workshops.

Nelson Rolilhalha Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionist, a politician, and a philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country’s first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997. He passed away on the 5th of December, 2013.

Nelson Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel. His six children, grand-children, great grand-children and great great grand-children.