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Monday, October 24, 2016

United Nations Day

Since 1948, every October 24th has annually been recognized as United Nations Day, which celebrates the efforts and achievements of the UN. The date is significant because of the UN’s entry into force within the UN Charter, in 1945. The United Nations is an international organization that currently consists of 193 member states, guided by the principles listed in their UN Charter. This UN Charter formally outlines the organization’s purpose, much of which gives them the power to take initiative on causes that challenge the well being of humanity. These calls to action are often in response to issues such as: sustainable development, peace and security, climate change, terrorism, human rights, governance, food production, and more.

All member states work together to recognize the importance that charity plays within our current and future society. The United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is quoted as saying the following:

"Charity is one of the best investments we can make in our common future.  On this day of International Charity, I call on people everywhere to be part of our 15-year partnership for humanity, and to help make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for all".

Of course today is not ‘International Day of Charity’, as that comes every year on September 5th. However, it does show the United Nations commitment to highlighting the overall importance of charity for those underprivileged, in poverty, suffering from natural disasters, and the infinite number of hardships faced around our world.

Please keep in mind, that before you make a decision to donate to any specific charities, that you analyze them on a number of levels. First, you should visit their charity profile, where you can examine the charity’s financial health and their accountability and transparency. If you are interested in assisting with programs directly benefiting or related to the UN, we suggest that you check out the United Nations Foundation, a 4-star charity designed to help solve global issues.

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