The FPCD supports the United Nations efforts to create an International Day of Charity.
Please find herewith, the text of the General Assembly Resolution on this important international day.
International Day of Charity
The General Assembly,
Reaffirming the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 which states that
recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all
members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the
Recalling the goals and objectives of the Declaration2 and Programme of
Action3 on a Culture of Peace,
Reaffirming Economic and Social Council resolution 1980/67 of 25 July 1980
on international years and anniversaries and General Assembly resolutions 53/199
of 15 December 1998 and 61/185 of 20 December 2006 on the proclamation of
Reaffirming also the recognition, set forth in the United Nations Millennium
Declaration4 adopted by the Heads of State and Government at the Millennium
Summit, of the fundamental value of solidarity to international relations in the
Deeply concerned that poverty persists in all countries of the world,
particularly in developing countries, regardless of their economic, social and
* Reissued for technical reasons on 14 December 2012.
1 Resolution 217 A (III).
2 Resolution 53/243 A.
3 Resolution 53/243 B.
4 See resolution 55/2.
Recognizing the work done by Member States and the United Nations system
and the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human suffering within
and among nations,
Affirming that charity may contribute to the promotion of dialogue among
people from different civilizations, cultures and religions, as well as of solidarity
and mutual understanding,
Recognizing the efforts of charitable organizations and individuals, including
the work of Mother Teresa,
1. Decides to designate 5 September as the International Day of Charity;
2. Invites all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system
and other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including
non-governmental organizations and individuals, to commemorate the International
Day of Charity in an appropriate manner, by encouraging charity, including through
education and public awareness-raising activities;
3. Requests the Secretary-General to bring the present resolution to the
attention of all Member States and organizations of the United Nations system.