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International Volunteer Day is approaching: Acknowledge the People that Work with your Organisation.


The 5th of December is International Volunteer Day. We’d like to tell you about the history of the day, some of the events taking place to celebrate the day and, most importantly, we’d like to give a mention to the Iwith.org volunteers.

International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development (IVD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through resolution A/RES/40/212 on the 17th December 1985.
Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organisations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on the 5th of December.

IVD is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of voluntary organizations and individuals that work towards achieving the millennium development goals on a local, national and international level.

The events that take place on the 5th of December are led by IVD national committees comprising partners from the United Nations, governments, civil society organizations (including national and/or international volunteer organizations) and individuals.

The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) had the task of continuing the work of the 2001 International Year of Volunteers (IYV) and on the 5th of December 2002 the World Volunteer Web was launched, which now serves as a point of contact for the IVD celebrations.

EVENTS ON OR AROUND THE 5TH OF DECEMBER

• The World Volunteer Web is appealing for information on events taking place around the world in celebration of International Volunteer Day. Please send a brief description to info@worldvolunteerweb.org putting IVD-your country in the subject line.

Videos can also be uploaded to Youtube and will be linked to the United Nations Volunteer Day group.

VI Volunteering Celebrations

The Volunteering Celebrations will take place on the 3rd and 4th of December in Zaragoza to highlight the role volunteers play in our changing society. New issues relating to solidarity, cyber volunteering and corporate volunteering are just some of the topics that will be covered during the two days that constitute the VI Volunteering Celebrations.

Organised by the Zaragoza Council Youth Services Department, the sessions aim to reinforce the image of the volunteer within organizations and to determine new working practises and methodologies by forming focus groups with Project leaders who have previous experience of projects already in place. For more information please visit: http://cmisapp.ayto-zaragoza.es/ciudad/sectores/jovenes/voluntariado/detalle_Agenda?id=38249

I International Volunteer Day Poster Competition

The winning poster will be used by the Plataforma del Voluntariado de España (Spanish Volunteering Project) on the 5th of December. What does volunteering mean to you? What values does it represent? How would you capture it in a poster? The Spanish Volunteering Project (PVE) wants you let your creative side loose to depict the ideas and attitude behind the broad and varied subject of volunteering. And they want you to send them your poster. The PVE is also looking for a graphic representation that raises awareness of the need to reinforce the volunteering movement. For more information contact: concurso@plataformavoluntariado.org.

X National Volunteering Conference

The X National Volunteering Conference will take place this year in Gijón under the title “Rediscovering Volunteering”. It will take place on the 4th and 5th of December at the Asturian city’s “Recinto Ferial”. As with every year, HRH Prince Felipe and his wife and our president Carmen Laviña will attend the closing ceremony.

Other dates

Events will be taking place all over the world on or around this day and some organisations that are close to home have set a date for their celebrations: the Federació Catalana de Voluntariat Social (Catalonian Volunteering Federation) has planned events between the 30th of November and the 10th of December and the Catalonian Regional Government has planned its event for the 14th of December.

Iwith.org Volunteers

This collage of photos and names highlights the work of one of the Iwith.org volunteer groups. Without them our work would not be possible:



Translation by Susan Partridge
on 03/12/2007
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