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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