UNDP Celebrates International Volunteer Day 2015Dec 7, 2015
International Volunteer Day (IVD), celebrated each year on December 5, presents an opportunity for volunteers to celebrate their efforts, share their values and promote their work among colleagues, NGOs, UN Agencies and within their communities. This year, IVD will also incorporate the new global goals; whether known or unknown, volunteers globally are impacting the post-2015 agenda.
Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon underscored the importance of volunteerism, noting “As we seek to build capacities and to help the new agenda to take root, volunteerism can be another powerful and cross-cutting means of implementation. Volunteerism can help to expand and mobilize constituencies and to engage people in national planning and implementation for sustainable development goals. And volunteer groups can help to localize the new agenda by providing new areas of interaction between Governments and people for concrete and scalable actions.”
The International Volunteer Day 2015 theme Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer! was developed in order to facilitate a dialogue about how volunteerism can be key to the success of the new goals. It challenges everyone to think about how they can make a difference and recognises volunteers globally who are using their time, energies and skills to impact the world, for better.
The UNDP Barbados and the OECS Subregional Office this year celebrated International Volunteer Day with volunteers from across Barbados. Volunteers came together to discuss their work within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), highlighted areas where their work intersects with the goals and hammered out means for fostering a culture of volunteerism locally. Event participants were also encouraged to participate in the global social media conversation by posting selfies using #actioncounts #globalgoals and #IVD2015selfie.