“On International Volunteer Day, I appeal to all governments to promote volunteering, support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers deserve our heartfelt thanks.” – Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of United Nations
The International Volunteer Day for Economic Social Development (IVD) is held each year on 5th of December. This day is viewed as a unique chance for us to celebrate their efforts, share their values, and promote their work among communities, non-governmental organisations, government authorities, and the private sector. This is the day to express our utmost appreciation to the volunteers for their tireless and priceless contribution.
The International Volunteer Day 2020 theme is "Together We Can Through Volunteering”, this campaign is initiated to thank volunteers worldwide and also shed light on the difficulties and needs of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 8 months, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community, and societal responses. Various media have paid credit to volunteers for all kinds of work, from helping to provide medical care, to doing shopping for vulnerable neighbours, or checking up on elderly people living alone.
Volunteerism is important for everyone, young people included, as it enriches our society, brings us together as a community, and strengthens civic engagement. It also safeguards social inclusion, deepens solidarity, and solidifies ownership of development results. Volunteers are actors of change and equal partners in the attainment of local, national, and international progress towards sustainable human development and global peace.
At the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) we recognise the efforts put in by our volunteers and the contribution they make to all programmes and activities in our global community. Since its establishment in year 2006, the WAY’s Volunteer Programme has grown and transformed the lives of many young people. This platform have linked the youth from different countries and developed a trained and dedicated group of young people who are willing to assist in WAY’s programmes and activities around the world. It has elevated and developed them into true leaders, who are willing to donate their time and energy to support WAY in achieving its goals and aims.
Today is a special day, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being at the frontline of every challenge, and for making sure everyone stays informed, safe, and cared. Thank you for being there for the youth, for WAY, and the world at large!