International Volunteers Day USL November 29, 2014 USL Stories “Today, we are highlighting the millions of young volunteers around the world who are acting globally for social change.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Message for the International Volunteer Day The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5. The day, which is also known as International Volunteer Day (IVD), gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. What do people do? This day hopes to heighten people’s and governments’ awareness of the voluntary contributions. It also focuses on stimulating people to offer their services as volunteers, both at home and abroad. Over the years, governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals contribute the International Volunteer Day through various activities including: Voluntary community projects. Parades, marches, or rallies. Award ceremonies for volunteers who made significant contributions to their communities. “Time donation” campaigns that involve people pledging hours of voluntary service to specific projects. Companies launching voluntary programs as part of their corporate responsibility. Volunteer competitions. Activities and events for the day help promote the impact of volunteering and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, via volunteering to: Help eradicate poverty. Achieve universal primary education. Promote gender equality and empower women. Reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health. Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other major diseases. Help ensure environmental sustainability. Many people participate in many of these events through the World Volunteer Web, which the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) operates in partnership with various organizations. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.