Spanish university volunteer Maria Belmonte Saldaña gets stuck into the ‘Greenathon’, a clean-up of the polluted Yamuna river. (UNV)
The UN Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change Sign the petition for a fair climate agreement at the Copenhagen Conference.
Our planet is changing and every hour counts. We want to know how many hours you spend Volunteering for our Planet between 5 June and 5 December 2009.If we're going to cope with climate change, everybody needs to get involved. So the United Nations Volunteers programme is Volunteering for our Planet - and we'd like you to join us.
If we are to meet the challenges of climate change, citizens of developing countries must be equally involved. In India, a nation of more than a billion people, 'Volunteering for our Planet' extended across every area of society - from schools and universities to the private sector. Read about the multitude of activities in the country that contributed the largest number of hours towards the 'Volunteering for our Planet' campaign.
To draw attention to the dedicated community of volunteers and to mark IYV+10, UNV-India proposes publishing a special volume on Volunteerism which would further advance the recognition and promotion of volunteerism and enhance its facilitation at the local, national and international levels. The selected photographs would be considered for a publication on volunteerism during 2011.
To raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), Joining Hands, WWF and UNV organized an Inter-School Debate – ‘Inceptum 2011’ on 18 October 2011, New Delhi. Topic of the Debate was “Individual Social Responsibility; A Distant dream in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in India”.
Gaurav Gaur, Hari Pado Biswas, Hemant Kumar Yadav, Rahul Pawa and Santosh Kumar were conferred the UNV Karamveer Chakra in an award function held on 27 November in New Delhi. This award is an endeavour to promote volunteerism and acknowledge exemplary voluntary actions by recognizing the invaluable role played by volunteers towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
A special issue of "The Peace Gong-the children’s newspaper" based on the four objectives of IYV+10 —recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of Volunteerism—has been initiated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation in association with UNV India and Anant Vikas Trust. The aim of this issue is to capture the voices of children across the world on VOLUNTEERING to facilitate efforts by children for a peaceful world. In view of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, IYV+ 10 offers an opportunity to celebrate but also to assess the progress made towards achieving the objectives of IYV.
Potential role of volunteerism as an important expression of our common humanity and empowering change from the grassroots up especially through strong partnerships is the focus of the first ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR). The reportpromotes a better understanding of volunteerism and demonstrates the universality, scope and reach of volunteerism along with new trends in the twenty-first century. SWVR examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion, disaster risk reduction, governance and political participation.
The 'Green Orissa' campaign was launched in Orissa in July amidst boundless enthusiasm, hope and promise to make the state green through volunteering efforts. The campaign launched in a Bhubaneshwar-based Government Girl's High School, promotes tree plantation as a first step to meeting the challenges posed by climate change.