From June 22nd to June 28th 2009, two members of the UNV team in India, 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. The training on volunteerism was held on six consecutive days and addressed all 400 youths in the course of the camp. It was carried out in conjunction with RGNIYD staff, covered topics such as ‘what is volunteering’, results indicators, the Millennium Development Goals and the importance of teamwork.
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.
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.
IYV+10 provided an opportunity to renew enthusiasm and a platform for national constituencies and stakeholders to come together for planning the future role of volunteerism in India.
A national consultation on youth volunteerism was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 12 November. The consultation focused on a Plan of Action for implementing the draft National Youth Policy (2013) and a National Youth Volunteer Programme for India, keeping in view the 12th Five-Year Plan and the recommendations of the post-2015 development agenda.
The United Nations Volunteers Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is organising an event to mark International Volunteers Day 2013. The event will recognize volunteerism and pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers.
UNV launched its flagship publication on Volunteerism, ‘Volunteering in India: Contexts, Perspectives and Discourses’ for promoting the value addition that volunteers bring to national development priorities. The publication presents the viewpoints and experiences of eminent people and volunteers from different disciplines on the ethos, tradition and diversity of volunteering in the Indian Context.
United Nations Volunteers continues to support ‘My Earth My Duty' of Zee News Ltd – a pan-India campaign instigating youth action on imperative issues of human induced climate change. Since its launch in 2010, it has been supported by over 50 million youth volunteers in almost all the headquarters in 34 cities and 1.2 lac villages across India. The campaign enters its third year in July 2012, with a series of ground events followed by a nationwide plantation drive starting Aug 15-21, 2012. With India completing 65 years of Independence this year, the initiative will urge the citizens to fight for their independence from global warming, thus encouraging a patriotic fervor.