The United Nations designates 5 Spetember as the International Day of Charity 

The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus on 17 December 2012 a resolution to designate 5 September, the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa, as the International Day of Charity. Albania was one of the coosponsors of the resolution introduced by Hungary.  In his statement, H. E. Mr. Ferit Hoxha, Permanent Representative of Albania to the UN, highlighted that charity, is the fruit of work of milions of people who can for millions of people ion need. “Yet, in choosing a symbol, an individual who personifies Charity in its best there would have hardly been another person than Mother Teresa” he said. It also pays a well-deserved tribute to the tiny woman with a great heart, internationally recognized for her life long work helping the sick, the poor and marginalized. Albanians will always feel proud of Mother Teresa, of her work and her legacy, which we consider our best gift to humanity. In choosing to represent with Mother Teresa, the General Assembly helps to make it more tangible, bring it closer to the people and serves better the aim of recognizing the role and promoting Charity worldwide.

The resolution was co-sponsored by 44 Member States representing all five regions of the United Nations. The cross-regional support of the initiative reflects the universal recognition of charity and the particular role the lifelong contribution of Mother Teresa. The Statement of the representative of Albania to the meeting can be downloaded here.

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