5 September 2023
Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear guests and fellow colleagues,
There are so many places where one can be in an evening in this great city and a variety of activities to attend in this big Organization.
But for me, there is hardly any other event more important and meaningful than this one, this occasion to celebrate the incredible legacy of Mother Teresa while commemorating the International Day of Charity.
It is therefore a distinct honor to reflect on the significance of charity in addressing the most pressing challenges of our time, inspired by the imposing figure of a small woman with a monumental impact on humanity.
Mother Teresa’s extraordinary journey, her unwavering dedication and boundless love inspired the United Nations to celebrate every 5 September the importance of charity, to serve the most vulnerable, those in need, the poor. Just like Mother Teresa did during all her life, with all her heart. Because she believed that acts of kindness, no matter how small, had the potential to create a ripple effect that could transform lives, communities, people and nations. Mother Teresa believed it; with her actions, she proved it.
In today’s world filled with strife, poverty, inequality and environmental challenges, the need for collective action and awareness is more significant than ever. The International Day of Charity is a reminder that each of us can do something to make a difference for those in need, to support causes that resonate with our hearts, and to contribute to building a more just and compassionate world.
I’m proud and humbled at the same time, that the legacy of this Albanian woman continues to inspire individuals, organizations, and governments to work towards a better future for all. It reminds us that charity is not just an act; it is a way of life, a commitment to making the world a better place for everyone.
So, let’s take a moment to reflect on our own roles in this global effort. Let’s recognize the potential within each of us to be a force for good. Let us be inspired by the example of Mother Teresa as we try to get together here at the United Nations to address, through collective efforts, the world’s most pressing issues.
It is not a mere coincidence that Albania, which holds the presidency of the Security Council for this month, has dedicated a signature event to private-public partnership for humanitarian aid, aiming to bolster the efficiency of aid delivery in situations of crisis, with a better contribution by the private sector.
The International Day of Charity is not just a date on the calendar; it is a call to action, a reminder of the positive impact each of us can make, anywhere, through acts of kindness, by showing compassion and generosity.
I look forward to the premiere screening of the film, “Mother Teresa & Me”, as the personification of determination and unwavering commitment to bring hope to countless individuals who had lost it and as a testament to the transformative power of benevolence.
May we all continue to be inspired by the legacy of the little woman with the greatest of hearts, Mother Teresa, while we work here to uphold the goals and principles of the United Nations, bound by the solemn commitment not to leave anyone behind.