INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY

The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development (5 December), more commonly referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD), is an international observance mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985. It offers an opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels.

International Volunteer Day: an overview

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International Volunteer Day 2020

Through the International Volunteer Day 2020 campaign, we aim to thank volunteers for their actions and showcase the impact of volunteering during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

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International Volunteer Day 2019

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2019 highlights volunteers contributing to inclusion, and Sustainable Development Goal 10, reducing inequality within and among countries.

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International Volunteer Day 2018

International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2018 recognizes volunteers worldwide – with a special focus on local community volunteers – who contribute to making their communities more resilient against natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks. #IVD2018 focuses on the values of volunteerism through the appreciation of local volunteers, including the marginalized groups and women, who make up nearly 60 per cent of volunteers worldwide, and their impact on building #ResilientCommunities.

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International Volunteer Day 2017

Our campaign for International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2017, Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere., celebrated worldwide on December 5, is a recognition of the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, helping save lives today and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow. #VolunteersActFirst

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International Volunteer Day 2016

International Volunteer Day 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality.

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