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UN chief says ‘charity is one of best investments for common future’

September 05th, 2016

"Charity is one of the best investments we can make in our common future," United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, the International Day of Charity, noting that the world is now seeing the dramatic rise of philanthropy in developing countries.

Every year, the Day serves as a call to every person to act with solidarity and compassion in the face of human suffering, he said in a message. But for this year's observance, the world has a new focus for volunteering and giving: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Mr. Ban said that this new universal framework, with 17 goals at its core, is the most comprehensive and ambitious anti-poverty, pro-planet action plan ever adopted by world leaders, and "for it to work, we must unleash the full force of the human spirit."

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