International Day of Charity | 5th September 2016

A man rests on a bag of rice distributed by Qatar Charity for iternally displaced people (IDPs) affected by flooding and clan conflict in Jowhar, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

Monday 5th September is designated by the United Nations as International Day of Charity, in recognition of the important work the charitable organisations and inidividuals do to combat poverty in all countries of the world.


International Day of Charity falls on the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, who is renowned for her charity work in India, helping the poor and sick through the order of Missionaries of Charity, which she founded.

From the United Nations Secretary-General:

Every year, the International Day of Charity serves as a call to every person to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering.

For this year’s observance, the world has a new focus for volunteering and giving: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This new universal framework, with 17 Sustainable Development Goals at its core, is the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan ever adopted by world leaders.  For it to work, we must unleash the full force of the human spirit.

Global philanthropy continues to generate innovative approaches and provide much-needed resources.  An important new dimension is the dramatic rise of philanthropy in the global South, which is leading new actors to become involved in addressing local and global challenges.

Charity is one of the best investments we can make in our common future.  On this day of International Charity, I call on people everywhere to be part of our 15-year partnership for humanity, and to help make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all.


– United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s 2016 Message for International Day of Charity

Read more about the International Day of Charity here, or head to the Facebook page.


You can find out more about the Sustainable Development Goals here.



Source: United Nations – International Day of Charity


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