International Volunteer Day
Today is International Volunteeer Day, and there are many opportunities for all of us to help out today, and every day! Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme works closely with partners and governments to establish national volunteer programmes to create structures that foster and sustain local volunteerism in countries.
“On International Volunteer Day, we recognize the dedication of volunteers, their admirable spirit of service, and their wide-ranging efforts to promote the goals of the United Nations. With the world population having surpassed seven billion this year, we must tap every person’s potential to help others. Everyone can make a difference. Volunteering matters.”
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Volunteer Day
for Economic and Social Development
5 December 2011