International Volunteer Day 2019
International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5th December was identified by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their determinations, to share their values, to raise awareness of, and gain an understanding for the contribution they make to their communities.
On 5th December, people around the world celebrate IVD with rallies, parades, volunteer fairs, group clean-ups, blood donations, conferences, exhibitions, fundraising, workshops and volunteer recognition events.
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17th December 1985. As a result of the resolution from December 17th, 1985, governments, the UN, and civil society organizations work together with volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on December 5th each year.
In 2012, in response to changing experiences and recommendations, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program directed a Five-Year International Volunteer Day Plan, with the aim to make it more globally acknowledged and celebrated.
Celebration of Volunteerism Worldwide
In all cultures, languages, and religions, the act of voluntary work is found. Hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and talents each year to help make the world a better place. IVD was celebrated each year in over 80 countries annually, in the last six years. Almost 50.000 volunteers from around the world contributed to these events.
On 1st December 2018 in Hanoi, Vietnam celebrated its National Volunteer Day. The event aimed at honoring and recognizing national and international voluntary organizations hard work and dedication in promoting social and economic development in the world. The event also included various activities such as opening ceremony, blood donation camp, walkathon, fundraising, etc. Around 18 awards were given to individuals and organizations for their outstanding contribution to voluntary activities.
“Volunteering is a part of Indian culture. The Government of India has always relied on these volunteers, and they have been important partners in all kinds of nation-building activities” said Asit Singh, Joint Secretary (Youth Affairs), Ministry of Youth and Sports, Government of India, while celebrating World Volunteer Day 2017 at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi, India.
In Bangladesh, JAAGO Foundation has been a pioneer in providing the youth a voice and a platform through its Youth Wing “Volunteer for Bangladesh” in 2011 with the support of U.S. Embassy by empowering youths and facilitating volunteerism in Bangladesh. A group of 500 first volunteers found each other to host the first ever Universal Children’s Day (UCD) campaign in Bangladesh, a part of their volunteer work and thus started their journey. VBD is now actively working in 32 Districts of the country with various social awareness campaigns and projects to ensure Sustainable Development Goals by engaging in various volunteering activities.
Themes of International Volunteer Day
IVD 2018 – “Volunteers build Resilient Communities”
IVD celebrated volunteer efforts in 2018 to enhance local ownership and community resilience in the face of natural disasters, economic stress and political shocks.
IVD 2017 – “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”
IVD 2017 focused on recognizing the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who respond to calls in times of crisis, helping to save lives today and supporting those who want to live their lives with dignity in the future.
IVD 2016 – “Global Applause – give volunteers a hand”
IVD organized a round of international applause under this theme to honor volunteers everywhere and invited others to participate and contribute to peace and sustainable development.
This year the theme for International Volunteer Day 2019 is, “Volunteer for an inclusive future”. It highlights volunteers contributing to inclusion, and Sustainable Development Goal 10, reducing inequality within and among countries.
Now it’s time for you to make a footprint with a positive impact on the communities through your good deeds on this great occasion. Volunteer For Bangladesh, highly encourages you to initiate some activities and share your work through social media with the hashtag #GiveBack to make IVD meaningful on 5th December, 2019. Your good deeds can inspire thousands of young people in Bangladesh to get engaged in volunteerism and contribute to the society.