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International Volunteer Day
5 December

"On this International Volunteer Day, let us be inspired by the many individuals who selflessly serve others, and let us resolve to do our part to contribute, freely and proactively, to change conditions now towards a better future for all."

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Volunteer Day

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2014 Theme: People’s Participation. Make change happen, volunteer!

The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.

Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. 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, working to achieve the MDGs and engaging people to shape the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

IVD 2014 is a global celebration honouring people’s participation in making a change at all levels – locally, nationally and globally.

On IVD 2014, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets – but pay special tribute to the participation of people in making a difference at all levels: locally, nationally and globally. IVD 2014 highlights the contribution of volunteers in engaging people from the grass-roots in decision-making processes, ultimately creating space for participation that leads to: stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development.

On 5 December 2014 join us in acknowledging and enhancing people’s participation, engagement and voice, in shaping and implementing development policies and the world we want.

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