On September 5,2013 the United Nations marked the first ever International Day of Charity .
Donate time or money, volunteer or act with kindness were words of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the event which coincides with the anniversary of the death of mother Theresa .
“Charity plays an important role in upholding the values and advancing the work of the United Nations,” Mr. Ban said in his message for the Day, which will be observed annually on 5 September.
“Charity sometimes gets dismissed, as if it is ineffective, inappropriate or even somehow demeaning to the recipient,” he added. “Let us recognize charity for what it is at heart: a noble enterprise aimed at bettering the human condition.”
UN humanitarian agencies rely on charitable donations from governments and the public to respond to natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies, Mr. Ban said. In addition, UN bodies such as the UN Volunteers Programme (UNV) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) offer venues for people across the world to get involved.
In establishing the Day, the General Assembly asked that charity be encouraged through education and awareness-raising activities.
Among those initiatives is the UN Academic Impact’s ASPIRE [Action by Students to Promote Innovation and Reform through Education], through which young people assist less fortunate peers to find the financial opportunities to go to school.