International Volunteers Day (IVD), is an international observance that was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985.
The Day is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels.
UNV coordinates a campaign to promote IVD every year, building on the impact volunteers have in communities, nationally and globally, for peace and development.
Let’s make IVD this year a worldwide moment to thank volunteers and celebrate their efforts despite all the challenges at hand.
This year’s IVD campaign, that starts today and culminates on IVD 2020, December 5th, will thank volunteers worldwide and also shed light on the difficulties and needs of volunteers during the pandemic. Showing the impact of volunteers in their communities… we will reach to all corners of the globe with the message of Together We Can Through Volunteering.
The act of volunteering is found in all cultures, languages, and religions. Each year, hundreds of millions of people volunteer their time and skills to help make the world a better place. When they volunteer, they help to improve the lives of others. And when they volunteer, they also gain a greater sense of belonging to their communities.
On 5 December, people around the world will celebrate IVD with rallies, parades, volunteer fairs, group clean ups, blood donations, conferences, exhibitions, fundraising, workshops and volunteer recognition events.
The World Safety Organization, National Office for Nigeria (with special consultative status to the UN ECOSOC) in collaboration with Danarich Future Concerns Academy (DFCA) recognizes volunteers from all walks of life, that have made a difference in their communities and moved humanity forward somewhat; and have evidence(s) to show. Their volunteering activities would thus be celebrated no matter the location and the beneficiaries globally. Successful shortlisted volunteers will have their photo, name and location on our Annual IVD global banner that is circulated everywhere. A global recognition award, as an appreciation of their act of volunteerism is also presented.
Get nominated for the IVD Global Recognition today.
2020 Nominations CLOSED!