The International Day of Charity is an international day observed annually on 5 September. It was declared by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The prime purpose of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and provide a common platform for charity related activities all over the world for individuals, charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations for their own purposes on the local, national, regional and international level.
5th September was chosen as the day for the ‘International Day of Charity’ to commemorate the passing away of Mother Teresa, one of the biggest philanthropists and humanitarians that the world has ever seen. To recognize the immense contribution that she made to humankind, this day is observed on her death anniversary.
The International Day of Charity was conceived as a Hungarian civil society initiative supported by the Hungarian Parliament and Government in 2011, to enhance visibility, organize special events, and in this way to increase solidarity, social responsibility and public support for charity.
September 5 was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta,who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”
On 17 December 2012, in response to a proposal by Hungary, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution by consensus to designate 5 September as the International Day of Charity. The resolution was co-sponsored by 44 UN Member States (Albania, Angola, Australia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Chile, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Montenegro, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine)representing all five Regional Groups of the United Nations.
The Resolution :
In its resolution, the General Assembly invited Member States, organizations of the United Nations system and other international and regional organizations, stakeholders, as well as NGOs of the civil society, to commemorate the International Day of Charity in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.
First commemoration by the United Nations :
On 5 September 2013, the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Foundation and with the support of the United Nations Department of Information, marked the first commemoration of the International Day of Charity at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The commemoration started with keynote speeches by Assistant Secretary-General Robert C. Orr, Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation and Hugh Evans, CEO of the Global Poverty Project. Two panel discussions moderated by Matthew Bishop from The Economist and Ruma Bose, author of Mother Teresa CEO, explored the role of charity in poverty alleviation and in promoting access to clean water and sanitation. Speakers represented leading organizations in the field of philanthropy, including charity: water, WaterAid, The Resource Alliance, the Foundation Center and The Coca-Cola Foundation. Discussions focused on lessons learned and the role of the non-profit sector in the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The Secretary-General sent a written message on the occasion of the International Day of Charity.
Importance Of charity ?
Charity is the act of extending love, money, or kindness to another person, without expecting anything in return its for Allah.
Being involved in charitable pursuits can help in personal development as well as the development of the entire community. Here are some reasons why all of us must engage ourselves in charity.
Feel Happy :
Various studies have demonstrated the correlation between giving and happiness. In fact, science has proven that giving releases the ‘happy hormones’ in your brain, making you feel good about yourself. The fact that you are able to give to others makes you feel more valuable. Also, being able to change the life of someone else for the better will certainly make you feel happy and content.
Feeling grateful for what you have
When you give and you see what others do not have, you also realize how lucky you are. Giving makes you thankful and grateful for what you have. In this manner, you build more gratitude towards all that you have in your life.
Stronger Society :
The worst of the humanitarian crises and suffering can be mitigated by people contributing more to charity. Also, with so much violence, misery, and hate everywhere today, more charity is the need of the hour. Imagine what a wonderful place the world will be if all of us try to give more to others!
And remember, charity does not mean contributing in terms of only money. Giving your time to others in need is also charity.
This ‘International Day of Charity,’ let’s pledge to donate more of our time and money to the less privileged! What do you say?
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