International Volunteer Day 2016
In 1985, the United Nations designated 5 December to be celebrated as International Volunteer Day (IVD), as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.
IVD 2016 “Global Applause – Give volunteers a hand”, recognized volunteers worldwide and their efforts in making peace and sustainable development a reality.
Just after the launch of Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) in 2015, UNV India, along with the youth volunteering organizations, such as Pravah, Commutiny-the Youth Collective and Restless Development, began conducting “Youth Addas” (discussion on social issues amongst youth) with about 80-90 youth volunteers on the first Saturday of the month every two months to sensitize youth volunteers on the SDGs. Each Youth Adda focuses on a specific Goal with the support of resource persons who are experts in the relevant SDG thematic area.
With the completion of one year of the “Youth Adda” series, the IVD 2016 “Global Applause – Give volunteers a hand” was held on 5 December 2016 in Delhi, focusing on “Youth Volunteering and SDGs”. More than 150 youth participated at IVD 2016 addressed by UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC)/UNDP Resident Representative (UNDP RR) Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, and Representative of UNFPA in India and Bhutan, Mr. Diego Palacios. The IVD 2016 was held by UNV India in partnership with Pravah, Commutiny-the Youth Collective, Restless Development and Sweccha.