What Is International Volunteer Day?
International Volunteer Day, often referred to as IVD, is an international observance established by the U.N. General Assembly in 1985.
It is celebrated annually on December 5 and serves as a platform to promote volunteerism as a powerful means to achieve economic and social development globally.
These SDGs are a comprehensive framework aimed at addressing global challenges and achieving a more sustainable and equitable future for all. International Volunteer Day plays a vital role in this endeavor by highlighting the contributions of volunteers toward SDGs.
Volunteers actively participate in various sectors, such as:
- • Poverty alleviation.
- • Education.
- • Health care.
- • Environmental conservation.
- • Gender equality.
All directly support the targets outlined within the SDGs.
The History of International Volunteer Day
The roots of International Volunteer Day trace back to the U.N.’s recognition of the importance of volunteerism in development efforts. The U.N. General Assembly, through its Resolution 40/212, acknowledged the need to support and encourage volunteer work.
This resolution led to the establishment of IVD, which aims to recognize volunteer contributions, enhance public awareness, and inspire more people to engage in volunteer activities.
When Is International Volunteer Day?
International Volunteer Day 2023 will be celebrated worldwide on December 5. This date was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.N. General Assembly’s resolution on volunteerism.
On this day, individuals, agencies, government authorities, and the private sector join forces to honor volunteers and raise awareness about their significant impact on society.
How to Celebrate International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day provides an excellent opportunity for individuals, organizations, communities, and nongovernmental organizations to celebrate the efforts of volunteers and create a positive impact in their communities.
Here are some meaningful ways to participate.