Nelson Mandela International Day
That this House notes that 18 July 2012 is Nelson Mandela International Day, marking the 94th birthday of the great South African statesman; further notes that, following South Africa's official designation of the Day in 2009 to acknowledge Mr Mandela's 67 years of public service, people there are encouraged to give 67 minutes of voluntary service each year on 18 July; welcomes the UN General Assembly's unanimous adoption of an annual Nelson Mandela International Day in a resolution sponsored by 165 countries in November 2009; further welcomes the fact that, on the initiative of the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Scottish Government and ACTSA Scotland, this date in 2012 is being inaugurated as an annual fixture in Scotland with the intention of building on co-operation between Scotland and South Africa; and congratulates all involved with this initiative and with the sending of a nine-tonne container-load of donated books, sorted and packed by ACTSA volunteers, to school libraries in South Africa.
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