Friday, December 2, 2016

5 December - International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development


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 2016 is the year of the ‘Keyboard Volunteer’

Growth of online volunteering

02 December 2016, Bonn, Germany: To mark International Volunteer Day today, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has released encouraging new figures demonstrating a rise in ‘keyboard volunteers’ as interest in the UNV.

Online Volunteering service swells.

Research shows that the volume of conversations online around “online volunteering” more than doubled in the last year, with the United States of America accounting for almost 34 per cent of all conversations, while applications for the United Nations Online Volunteering service rose by 10 per cent in the same period.
The new findings mark the launch of a campaign which aims to celebrate the contribution made by the billion volunteers across the world. #GlobalApplause will see stories and recognition shared from and to volunteer-involving organizations all over the world, on Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to the almost 7,000 volunteers working on projects in the field, UNV has a network of over 12,000 online volunteers. For online assignments, organizations and volunteers team up to address sustainable development challenges, with volunteers working from a computer, tablet or mobile phone anywhere in the world, on a vast range of projects, including translation services, graphic design and project management.

Richard Dictus, UN Volunteers Executive Coordinator comments: “Trust in our world, our leaders, our future and our values has been shaken this year by a growing sense of divisiveness, which often comes to a head online and via social media. We’re pleased to see that despite the sometimes negative environment of the web, the internet can still be a force for good and empower thousands of people to make a real difference to communities across the world each day.

While ‘keyboard activists’ can often be derided for failing to make an impact, through the UNV Online Volunteering service, every day volunteers are working for peace and development through the power of their keyboard and today is the perfect opportunity to remember the contribution they – and the billions of people who volunteer across the world -- make.”

International Volunteer Day (IVD), on December 5th, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

Theme for 2012: Celebrate volunteering!

Online Volunteering Awards 2012

Association of African Entrepreneurs Team
Association for Global Humanists and Ethics Pakistan Team
ASTRA Anti Trafficking Action Team
Delta Women Team
Fondation Joseph the Worker Team
PCs4Kids Team
Positive Nett-Works Team
UNDP Brazil Team
UNHCR Regional Support Hub Team
Youth for Technology Foundation Team

Message of UNO Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

for the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2012

"Founded on the values of solidarity and mutual trust, volunteerism transcends all cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. By giving their time and skills without expectation of material reward, volunteers themselves are uplifted by a singular sense of purpose."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Volunteer Day
for Economic and Social Development
5 December 2012

More messages and press releases for 2012

About the Day

International Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining UN support with a grassroots mandate, International Volunteer Day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.

The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.


Ideas for Celebrating the Day

A march or rally
A clean up
A competition (drawings, photographs, stories)
A blood donation
Volunteer Fair
Celebratory event
Conference on ‘Volunteer Action Counts’
Fundraising for a local volunteer organization
Workshops about volunteer activities

 Be Creative! Think of more ways.
Other Historical Events of the Day

Updated  4 December 2016, 5 December 2012


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  2. You may ask why is volunteering important? It is important due to the fact that volunteers are needed worldwide, and those who are interested in volunteering should learn the best way to start volunteering. As a volunteer you can choose to participate in projects where you work alone or work on a group project.
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  3. Yesterday, that is 5 December 2017, I was discussing with a young person on helping others. I did not remember the volunteer day. But it is good that if happened. The event occurred during my day and night long train journey.