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.
United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with local partners - Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) and Bakul Foundation - jointly commemorated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5th December 2009 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The theme for this year’s IVD celebration in Orissa was “Volunteering for our Planet”.
India is a rapidly developing country where a billion plus people live, but paradoxically many of them with a huge gap in living standards. Environment is a major concern for the Government, UN and other many development organizations.
Peace is more than just the absence of discord or violent conflict. It encompasses all aspects of social cohesion – including equality, freedom and the rule of law. Peace is the necessary prerequisite for sustainable human development, for equitable access to resources and services, and for the full realization of human opportunities and potential.
Engaging youth in the community development initiatives is a promising way of providing them opportunities in meaningful ways. They can be very valuable resources to help close the gaps by lending support to developmentally appropriate activities and challenges. Their involvement also strengthens student-centred learning.
Strategic Objective: “Promote and support activities that will help/facilitate an individual (employee) in becoming more self conscious and sensitive towards society and environment; thereby making a lifelong commitment to voluntarily contribute to one or more social and/or environmental cause.”
UNV India organized a national UNV volunteer workshop from 27 to 28 August in Manesar, Hariyana. The workshop was the first of its kind in India for the more than 75 national UNV volunteers currently working in the country. The theme of the discussion focussed on the eight UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in the run up to this year’s UNV’s International Volunteer Day on 5 December themed “Volunteering for the MDGs”.
A one day seminar on Youth Volunteerism was held on 09 August 2011, at the UN Conference Hall, New Delhi. The Seminar was jointly organized by the Commonwealth Youth Programme(CYP), Asia Center, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and United Nations Volunteers(UNV). The aim of the seminar was to mark the conclusion of International Year of Youth, and observance of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), first observed in 2001 as per a mandate given by the UN General Assembly with the objective to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteer service.
New Delhi, 05 September 2011- UNDP and United Nations Volunteers join a national awareness on climate change campaign “My Earth, My Duty” launched by Zee News.
We can end poverty. Meeting the Millennium Development Goals will require the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action.