December 5 every year is dedicated to volunteerism and its contributions to communities and to development. Volunteerism is recognized as a powerful resource to engage people in the pursuit of peace and development. In India, UNV observed this day with the re-launch of the new UNV HQ online volunteerism website, an exhibition in Delhi, and a volunteer fair in Orissa.
On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of International Year of Volunteers UNV India and iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGOs) are pleased to announce UNV Karamveer Chakra. This award is an endeavour to promote volunteerism in general and recognition of exemplary voluntary actions in particular by recognising the invaluable contribution by volunteers to the achievement of MDGs.
This year, International Volunteer Day (IVD) comes at a vibrant time. ‘Share the Story’ is the theme of UNV’s IVD campaign. UNV is using social media to engage in a global online conversation focused on how volunteering contributes to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
From June 22nd to June 28th 2009, two members of the UNV team in India, Mr Anoj Chhetri (Programme Officer) and Saoirse de Bont (UNV intern from Ireland), assisted as resource persons at the NSS Mega Summer Camp 2009 in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Chennai. The summer camp was attended by over 400 NSS volunteers, representing states from across India.
Today, as we mark International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions volunteers are making to peace and development around the world, and towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
On International Volunteer Day, we recognize millions of people around the world who give their time and talent to tackle global challenges: from volunteers working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to those supporting global causes of peace, justice and the Millennium Development Goals.
5th of June is celebrated as the World Environment Day and the week from 5th to 11th of June as the “World Environment Week” in collaboration with UNV, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and many other organizations. Many organizations all over India consider joining hands in order to collectively organize campaigns on issues related to Corporate Sustainability and Environmental matters to have a larger reach and greater impact on such issues.
Home to one of the largest operations of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme in the world, the Indian voluntary sector has taken the lead in supporting government and civil-society initiatives aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and has now made its presence felt in the cyber world as well.
UNV India played a role of leadership for IVD 2009 involving Swechha, UNDP India, VSO, American Center, Times Foundation, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Department of Environment Govt. of Delhi, NFI, Tehelka, NDTV, Radio MEOW, The YP Foundation and Jamghat joined hands to celebrate and commemorate International Volunteer Day on the 5th of December 2009.