International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is celebrated every year internationally all over the world on the 5th of December. This event celebration provides a great chance to all the individual volunteers and organizations of volunteers to show their contributions at the international, national and local levels in order to get the Millennium Development Goals.
Celebrating the International Volunteer Day every year for the Economic and Social Development was first approved by the United Nations General Assembly. It was declared on the 17th of December in 1985 to be celebrated on the 5th of December every year worldwide. Since then, the International Volunteer Day was started celebrating yearly by the UN system, the governments, civil society organizations and etc.
Every year celebration of the international volunteer day helps the thousands of volunteers to get mobilized and works very intimately with the partners as well as the government organizations to set up the program for national volunteers in order to make the organizations which can promote and carry on the local volunteerism in all countries.
Volunteers, using online volunteering services, work in groups and take action for continuous human development by promoting the development organizations’ activities over the Internet. Thousands of people are working as a volunteer daily using their online or on-site resource in order to maintain peace and human development as well as to attain the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals).
International Volunteer Day is celebrated yearly worldwide on 5th of December with the great hope of a better world. It focuses on promoting awareness and appreciating the individual volunteers as well as volunteer organizations. It aimed to recognize the commitment of volunteers in order to get people informed about the effects of volunteering on harmony and continuous human development.
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2019
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2019 was observed on Thursday, 5th December 2019.
The observance was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 to promote voluntarism and to acknowledge the role of volunteers in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
This year’s theme for International Volunteer Day is “Volunteer for an Inclusive Future”. The theme highlights the Sustainable Development Goal number 10, which signifies reducing inequalities.
The International Volunteer Day Committee had arranged for exciting events throughout the globe. An event was also planned at Arusha in Tanzania by the UNVTanzania.
The UN Volunteer Tanzania had also launched Twitter and Instagram pages. The pages can be visited at @UnitedNationsTZ, @UNVTanzania and #UNTZ.
Government and non-government organizations including various ministries and departments across the world recognized the sincere efforts and dedication of the volunteers worldwide who stood strong at the time of disasters and in times of need. The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies said a warm thank you to all the volunteers and distributed awareness pamphlets in various communities across the Turks and Caicos Islands in British Territories.
The 2018 theme for International Volunteers Day was “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”. It focused on local community volunteers who contribute to making their communities more resilient against various natural disasters, economic and political stresses. This year the main focus was on values of volunteerism by appreciation and recognition of local volunteers including women and their impact of building resilient communities.
Vietnam celebrated its National Volunteers Day on 01st Dec in Hanoi. The event aimed to honor and recognize the hard work and dedication of national and international voluntary organizations in promoting social and economic development in the world. Various activities like the opening ceremony, blood donation camp, walkathon, fundraising, etc were also held in the event. Around 18 awards were given to individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to voluntary activities.
What is the Online Volunteering Award
The online volunteering award is offered to the best volunteer for recognizing his great contribution towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals for economic and social development. Online or onsite volunteers get encouraged and strengthened their capacities of performances for promoting peace and human development through the projects by giving their precious time, proficiency and knowledge on the Internet.
The UNV (United Nations Volunteers) Online Volunteering Award gives a chance to the online volunteers and their organizations to show their online volunteering experiences and excellent practices to aware of the global audience. 10 online volunteers get nominated for getting the UNV Online Volunteering Award for their great contribution and achievement of the MDGs. The volunteers get selected by the jury of UNV representatives and specialists in volunteerism as well as development cooperation. Public from all across the world is invited to vote for their favorite winner.
The UNV online volunteering award is provided to the online individual volunteer or teams of online volunteers supporting a volunteering organization running for peace and human development through the Internet.
What are the Selection Criteria?
The nomination of the volunteers for the UNV online volunteering award is reviewed by the jury which is based on the following mentioned criteria:
> The dedication and involvement of the online volunteers.
> Working relationship between the volunteers and volunteering organizations
> Outcome of the teamwork and impact on the activities of the volunteer organizations.
Why Do We Celebrate and Purposes of Celebrating International Volunteer Day
There are many important objectives of celebrating the international volunteer day for economic and social development. Some of the purposes are mentioned below:
> International volunteer day is celebrated every year to make the living of human being better worldwide by promoting peace and human development.
> International volunteer day is celebrated to recognize the contributions of online volunteers towards the achievement of the MDGs.
> To demonstrate their volunteering experiences, excellent practices and how they get strengthened their capacities of work for promoting peace and human development by their skills and knowledge through the Internet.
> To inspire and mobilize the general public globally through the experiences of volunteers engaged in harmony and human progress activities on the Internet.
> To encourage other volunteering organizations to work jointly and make their endeavors strong.
> To appreciate the winning individual volunteer or volunteering organizations to get nominated for the UNV online volunteering award.
> It targets to overcome poverty, diseases, illiteracy, hunger, environmental deprivation and intolerance against the women.
> To remove the poverty, achieve widespread primary education, promote gender equality, authorize women, reduce the child death rate, improve maternal health, prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, malaria, dengue or other foremost diseases as well as to make sure the environmental sustainability.
How it is Celebrated
International volunteer day celebration focuses on increasing awareness among people and government organizations for their voluntary contributions. Stimulate the people, businesses, nonprofit organizations and etc to put forward their services as a volunteer through various activities such as:
> Parades, marches and rallies are organized for increasing awareness among people worldwide.
> Award ceremony organized for winner volunteers for appreciating their significant involvement in their communities.
> Varieties of competitions and events are organized for the Volunteers.
> Time donation campaign involves people to pledge for the voluntary services to the precise projects.
> Voluntary programs launched by the Companies as part of their business responsibility.
Themes of International Volunteer Day
> The theme of 2019 is “Yet to come”.
> The theme of 2018 was “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”.
> The theme of 2017 was “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere”.
> The theme of 2016 was “Global Applause – give volunteers a hand”.
> Theme of 2015 was “The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!”
> Theme of 2014 was “People’s Participation. Make change happen, volunteer!”
> Theme of 2013 was “Young. Global. Active.”
> Theme of 2012 was “Celebrate our commitment and hope for a better world”.