Day: 5 December: International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was observed across the world on 5 December 2013.
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.
Theme for the year 2013 is: YOUNG.GLOBAL.ACTIVE
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, the day is celebrated each year on 5 December across the world.
Importance of International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels - to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries. Through the Online Volunteering service volunteers can take action for sustainable human development by supporting the activities of development organizations over the Internet.
Every day thousands of people are volunteering, online or on-site, contributing to peace and development and working to achieve the MDGs
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Where: Across the world
When: 5 December 2013