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Thursday, 3 September 2015

International Day of Charity 2015, September 5th

The International Day of Charity coincides with the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her work to overcome poverty. Upon receiving the prize, she famously gave the money that came with it to some of the poorest people in India.
At a time when the need for humanitarian assistance has never been higher and when there are more refugees and displaced people than at any time since the end of the Second World War, charities play an increasingly vital role in meeting human need.
As recognized in the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the resources, knowledge and ingenuity of philanthropic and volunteer organizations will be invaluable partners in implementing the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
United Nations development and humanitarian agencies also rely on donations from the public as well as the generosity of governments to continue their lifesaving work in response to development challenges, natural disasters, armed conflicts and other emergencies.
On this International Day, I call on people everywhere to volunteer and act charitably in the face of human suffering.
Such expressions of solidarity help us in our shared quest to live together in harmony and build a peaceful and sustainable future for all.
Ban Ki-moon

Forum :  5 September is International Day of Charity

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.

Events :

The Permanent Mission of Hungary, in cooperation with UNDP and philanthropic organizations, is organizing two panel discussions in New York to introduce new, innovative forms of charitable giving which are spreading around the world and explore how charity can become a formidable partner in realizing the future sustainable development goals.

Participation is by invitation. For more information, please contact:
Time and venue of the event: September 5, 2014, 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.;
Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN, New York.

Time and venue: September 5, 2014 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Permanent Mission of Hungary to the United Nations
227 East 52nd Street, New York
  • Welcoming remarks by H.E. Mr. Csaba Kőrösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the United Nations
Timing: 10:00-10:15 am

Panel discussion 1: Innovations in Charitable Giving
Timing: 10:15-11:15 pm
Moderator: Heather Grady, Senior Fellow, Global Philanthropy for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Mari Kuraishi, Co-Founder and President, GlobalGiving Foundation
  • Jeremy Heimans, Co-Founder and CEO, Purpose
  • John Holm, Senior Director, CAF America
Panel discussion 2: Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy
Timing: 11:15-12:15 pm
Moderator: Ed Cain, Vice President, Hilton Foundation
  • Marcos Neto, Head of Private Sector and Foundations, UNDP
  • Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
  • Member State representative (tbc)
The panel discussions will be followed by a lunch reception from 12:30 to 2:00 pm

Event description:
The growth in sheer size as well as variety of forms of charity across the world creates unprecedented opportunity to engage philanthropy as a force for social change and rally them around the Post-2015 development vision. Private flows, including those from philanthropy, are increasing as a proportion of overall traditional financial flows. By its nature, philanthropic giving is more independent, responsive, nimble and opportunistic than traditional development assistance. There is little understanding about the possible roles charity can and should play in development and how to create bridges with official development giving. The discussion will present new, innovative forms of charitable giving which are spreading around the world and explore how charity can become a formidable partner in realizing the future sustainable development goals. Presenters will also reflect on how to build bridges between traditional donors’ assistance and the new models of social change driven by charity.

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