Sunday, December 5, 2010

International Volunteer Day
December 5th

The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day (IVD) for Economic and Social Development on December 5th. The day, gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. This is the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. 

The event offers an opportunity to join a global effort to revive the spirit of volunteerism. Many communities from all over the world, are already planning events throughout 2011 to showcase the diversity and depth of volunteering worldwide and to mobilize many more volunteers.

One of the missions of IVD is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has made volunteering for one or more of the MDGs its theme for IVD 2010, reminding people around the world of the difference that they can make.

Meeting the MDGs will require the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action. Through an online community, (, Share the Story is inviting you to join the global discussion about how volunteerism can tip the balance towards meeting the MDGs. The deadline for meeting the Goals is 2015.

Already, volunteers are contributing their expertise; communities are taking action to improve their lives; and decision makers are increasingly realizing the value of volunteerism. These stories don’t make the news, but they are changing the world. For more information on UNV's IVD campaign, please visit Share the Story.

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 and working to achieve the MDGs.

Share the Story: Volunteering for the MDGs
'We can meet the Millennium Development Goals, but it will require the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action.' That's the message behind the online film festival to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD) in 2010.
  What's your volunteering story? 

Volunteer International Day
Share your volunteering picture, and let's show to the world the meaning of
Being Volunteer.

2010 International Volunteer Day
Francisco "Tachi" Cazal, President and CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs
 greets all AFS Volunteers around the world for the
2010 International Volunteer Day.

Celebrate International Volunteer Day 2010.

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