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International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is celebrated every year internationally all over the world on 5th of December. The day provides an opportunity for volunteer organisations and individual volunteers to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, Volunteer Day is a unique opportunity for government agencies, non-profit organisations, community groups, the private sector and volunteer organisations to work together to attain common goals.

This year’s theme recognises the contributions of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis. Volunteers are present, all around us, answering calls in times of need, helping save lives today, and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow. Risking their lives every day to care for people affected by conflict, violence and humanitarian crises, volunteers brave many dangers to help others, driven by the desire to make a difference in the face of human suffering. This year, IVD promotes the contributions of such volunteers at the local, national and international level.

At World Assembly of Youth (WAY) we recognise the effort put in by volunteers and the contribution they make to all programmes and activities in our global community. Since its establishment in year 2006, the World Assembly of Youth’s Volunteer Programme was initiated as a platform that links the youth all around the world that seeks to develop a dedicated group of young people who are willing to assist in WAY programs and activities around the world. This programme works towards the elevation of youth and their development into leaders who are willing to donate some of their time and energy to support WAY in achieving its goals and aims.

We aim at bringing together youth of different age, race, background, and ethic group to interact and share ideas while fulfilling their duties as volunteers. It also strives to develop the youth by exposing them to an environment in which they get to realize their potential and explore their untapped capabilities.

We, therefore, encourage young people to not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets, but also pay special tribute to volunteers whose roles are prominent toward the implementation and attainment of the global goals.

Happy International Volunteers Day for Economic and Social Development!