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:
Way of Celebrating International Volunteer Day
This day celebration involves the volunteers in many activities which are as follows:
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).