5 September: International Day of Charity observed

The International Day of Charity is observed every year on September 5 across the world. It aims to recognise role of charity in alleviating human ‎suffering within and among nations. It also seeks to raise awareness and provide common platform for charity related activities for charitable, philanthropic and volunteer organizations and individuals all over the world for their own purposes on national, regional and international level.

Background

The International Day of Charity was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) by adopting resolution A/RES/67/105PDF on 17 December 2012. Why September 5? It is death anniversary of Mother Teresa. It was celebrated for first time in 2013. On this day, UN invites all Member States, international and regional organizations, as well as civil society to commemorate this day for encouraging charity, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.

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