International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is observed on 5th December every year all over the world.
Dec 20, 2014 11:59 IST

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is observed on 5th December every year all over the world. This event enables all the individual volunteers and organizations of volunteers to display their contributions at the global and domestic levels with an aim to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

In December 1985, The United Nations General Assembly first approved and started the celebration of the International Volunteer Day every year on 5th December. This day celebration helps many volunteers to get mobilized and works in association with the partners and the government organizations to set a framework of the programme to promote and carry on the domestic volunteerism in all the nations. These volunteers use online volunteering service and prepares action plan for the continuous human development.

Objectives of Celebrating International Volunteer Day

Some of the main objectives of celebrating the International Volunteer Day are as follows:

  • To demonstrate their volunteering experiences, best practices and prepare a plan to strengthen their capacities of work for promoting the human development by their skills and knowledge sharing.
  • To instill and mobilize the general public internationally through the experiences of volunteers engaged in human development on the Internet.
  • To acknowledge the winning individual volunteer and their organizations to facilitate their nomination for the UNV online volunteering award.
  • To eradicate the poverty, gain the comprehensive primary education, promote gender equality, lessen the child birth rate, improve the health of nurturing mother, prevent spreading of AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, and also ensure to make the environment healthy for living. 

Way of Celebrating International Volunteer Day

This day celebration involves the volunteers in many activities which are as follows:

  • Rallies and parades are organized with aim to increase the awareness among people globally.
  • Rewards and recognition is organized for winner volunteers for recognizing their significant involvement to their communities.
  • Various competitions and events are organized for the Volunteers.
  • Pledge taking campaigns for the voluntary services to the precise projects.

On this day, the United Nations Volunteers programme announces the winners of the UNV Online Volunteering Award. This award is given to recognize online volunteers’ contributions towards achieving the Millenium Development Goals, to display the various ways in which online volunteers can strengthen the capacities of organisations and to practically demonstrate the value of distinctness volunteers can make for human development by using their skills, talents, expertise and time through the Internet.

Resolutions for International Volunteer Day

The United Nations General Assembly notified in its resolution of 20 November 1997 that 2001 will be observed as the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). IVY is considered as the special year for increasing the recognition of volunteers, expediting their work developing a network of communication and promoting the advantages of voluntary service.

During 2001, the General Assembly established a set of recommendations on ways and means by which Governments and the United Nations system could support volunteering and suggested that these should be publicized and distributed widely across globe (resolution of 5th December 2001).