International Volunteer Day
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985, is held each year on the 5th of December. IVD is a unique chance for volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
In addition to advocating for, integrating and mobilizing thousands of volunteers worldwide, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by recognizing volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into the development agenda.
IVD Sri Lanka 2016
UNV Sri Lanka celebrated IVD 2016 by commemorating volunteers, the invaluable work of volunteer involving organizations, and by starting a conversation on the future of volunteerism nationwide - focusing on existing good and innovative practices, and the role volunteers play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
IVD Sri Lanka 2016 took the form of one TED-style Talk on Volunteerism as a way of life, and three panel discussions which collectively represented the Government, corporate sector, academia, civil society and youth. The National Dialogue focused on the national approach and recognition on volunteerism. The Youth Panel addressed the ways volunteerism is a useful tool for youth to have a voice and strengthen employability skills. Innovative Practices Dialogue brought to light the use of social media and the role of innovation in creating an environment that is well-prepared for change in the field of volunteerism.
At IVD 2016, UNV Sri Lanka also celebrated reaching the milestone of 6000 V-Force volunteers and launched the new Portal for V-Force (one of UNV Sri Lanka’s best practices). This video gives a brief on V-Force 2.0 which took its first step with the launch of the new portal.
UNV Sri Lanka’s social media campaign titled - “A Conversation on Ways Volunteerism Can Move Forward”, aimed to engage the community at large with the celebration. For more information, browse the UNV Sri Lanka Facebook page (FB Icon image LINK) to review the campaign.