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International Volunteer Day 2019: Current Theme, Objectives and Celebrations

International Volunteer Day is celebrated to recognise and encourage the government to support the efforts of volunteer and their contributions worldwide. Let us have a look in detail about International Volunteer Day, how is it celebrated and its theme of 2019.
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This day also focuses on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and highlight the work of the volunteers in building resilient communities. It is observed on 5 December every year.

According to UN, International Volunteer Day promote peace and development in championing the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.

It also provides a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, promote their work, share their values among communities, non-governmental organisation (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities, and the private sector. 

International Volunteer Day 2019: Theme

The theme of International Volunteer Day 2019 is "Volunteer for an inclusive future". The theme focuses to achieve the SDG 10 and equality-including inclusion through volunteerism. This day also provides opportunities to play a constructive role by volunteering their time and skills. No doubt, through volunteerism, communities in the whole world experience strengthened solidarity and inclusion.

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International Volunteer Day: History

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 organisations to set a framework of the programme to promote and carry on the domestic volunteerism in all the nations. These volunteers use online volunteering services and prepare an action plan for continuous human development. It is seen that in all cultures, languages, and religions, the act of Volunteering has been found. To make the world a better place, several people come forward to volunteer their time and skills and  help to improve the love of others. During volunteerism, they also gain a greater sense of belonging to their communities.

 International Volunteer Day: Objectives

Some of the main objectives of celebrating 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 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 poverty, gain comprehensive primary education, promote gender equality, lessen the childbirth rate, improve the health of nurturing mothers, prevent the spreading of AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, and also ensure to make the environment healthy for living. 

International Volunteer Day: Celebrations

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

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

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It also focuses on the UN Millennium Development goals like;

- To help in eradicating poverty
- To achieve universal primary education.
- Promote gender equality
- Empower Women
- Reduce Child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
- To help in ensuring environmental sustainability.

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 in 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 the globe (resolution of 5th December 2001).

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