International Volunteer Day

Published December 7th, 2009 - 11:53 GMT

Introductory remarks:

This International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2009  marks the  8th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers 2001 (IYV), which helped put volunteerism on national agendas and in the minds of many more people worldwide.


Every day many millions of people in every corner of the world contribute to the social and economic well being of their own communities, through volunteer activities.


Every single country has facets of volunteerism ingrained in its culture and traditions. It is a tremendous way for people to participate and make a difference. That is why many national governments are increasingly building volunteer infrastructures and establishing the appropriate legal frameworks to support volunteerism. The power of volunteering for development is in its simplicity. While the concept is a very old one, what is new is the idea that volunteerism can and should be tapped and channeled towards meeting current development challenges. It may be ambitious, but so are volunteers.


The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) this year launched the global campaign “Volunteering for our Planet” to promote voluntary efforts for the environment. This sends a very strong message that volunteers make a significant contribution to development and that every one can be a part of the solution to climate change” said UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri.


Sierra Leone  this year is privileged to have Africell collaborate with us in our efforts to uplift and maintain a healthy environment. Africell volunteered to provide 50% of the T-shirts for this campaign, banners, Invitation cards and the construction of 20 dustbins along this beach. In addition they have mobilized plus 100 volunteers to help clean up the beach. With all this support we  would like to thank you very much as we continue with this campaign.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stated on World Environment Day 2009, “Our planet needs more than just action by governments and corporations; it needs each of us. Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends,  when billions of people join forces in common purpose we can make a tremendous difference.”

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