In recognition of the need for cooperation to alleviate situations of poverty and hunger and to commemorate the anniversary of the passing of Mother Teresa who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for “work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitutes a threat to peace,” the United Nations General Assembly officially (2012) declared the 5th of September as International Day of Charity.
During the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in 2015, the United Nations recognized the crucial role of eradicating poverty in all its forms and manifestations to meet the sustainable development goals set to achieve by 2030. It was highlighted that concerted efforts are necessary to aid in bridging the gap between those of differing socio-economic backgrounds, thus aiding poorer nations with their finance.
Mother Teresa, who was also referred to as a “living saint” dedicated her life to the unfortunate and vulnerable. Therefore, the celebration of this day provides the opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of charity and increase social responsibility amongst all.
It is necessary to recognize the important role played by the diverse players in the private sector, including micro-enterprises and multinational companies. Charity provides an opportunity to strengthen social bonds and contribute to creating more inclusive and resilient societies. Moreover, charitable work positively contributes to minimizing the damaging effects of humanitarian crises and provides means of relief by supporting public services in the areas of medical care, education, housing, child protection.
The Geneva Institute for Human Rights praises United Nations organizations, international associations and charitable institutions in the Middle East and North Africa for consistently delivering relief and support to victims of armed conflict and those in distress.
On this occasion, the Institute urges philanthropic stakeholders to harness their potential to establish institutions and services for the most vulnerable groups that will enable self-sufficiency and potential for socio-economic growth.
Finally, the Institute appeals to the governments to increase public awareness and contribution to charitable causes by encouraging platforms for charity events and awareness raising activities.