Charity as an Investment in Our Common Future

Yesterday was the International Day of Charity, which recognises the role of charity in alleviating human suffering. The day, which coincides with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa (recently declared a Saint) following her lifelong devotion to poverty alleviation, serves as a call to action for people around the world to volunteer and act charitably to those in need. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon marked the occasion by drawing attention to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the most comprehensive and wide-ranging anti-poverty initiative ever articulated – as a new focal point for charitable activity around the world. As the Secretary-General stated: ‘Charity is one of the best investments we can make in our common future.’