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  International Volunteer Day 2012    
Across the world today, from Ecuador to Haiti, Liberia to Bosnia, Jordan to Vietnam, people are celebrating International Volunteer Day (IVD).  Volunteers and volunteer organizations are holding a variety of events including parades, campaigns, conferences, competitions, blood donation drives and coordinated volunteer actions.  They are celebrating with their communities, local institutions, UN organizations and government authorities to recognize the hope and commitment that volunteers bring to make the world a better place.  

“Every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world give their time and share their skills,” said Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. “They are driven by a desire to contribute to the well-being of their society, without expectation of material reward, and their efforts promote civic values and social cohesion.”

IVD was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.  This year, UNV has introduced a new logo and five year strategy to make IVD more globally recognised, and participation more grassroots based.  Come celebrate with us!  Click on www.volunteeractioncounts.org to download IVD materials and upload your IVD stories, or use Twitter to share your stories by using the hashtag, #actioncounts.

For further information, articles and press releases, please see below.
During the celebration of IVD, some NGOs organized games, competitions, debates and shows. (UNV, 2013)
IVD celebration in Egypt draws youth and families
03 April 2013
Cairo, Egypt: On Saturday 23 February 2013, hundreds of youth flocked from all parts of Egypt to celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD) organized by UNV Egypt, in cooperation with several UN agencies, government entities, private sector, and national and international NGOs.  The theme used for IVD 2012 in Egypt was “3afer” – the 3 represents the Arabic guttural letter ʻa, and the word is pronounced ʻaafer.  The word “3afer” in the Egyptian connotation implies persistence and hard work. Read
Countries:  Egypt
UNV announces the public’s favourite winner of the UNV Online Volunteering Award 2012
05 December 2012
Bonn, Germany: After announcing the ten winners of the Online Volunteering Award 2012, UNV invited citizens worldwide to vote for their favourite team.

The online volunteers that helped UNDP Brazil spread the word about the Rio+20 Dialogues got the most votes. This initiative of the Brazilian government supported by the UN created a direct channel for global civil society participation in Rio+20. Read
More about: ICT  Online volunteering
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Second Global Press Release: International Volunteer Day 2012
05 December 2012
Bonn, Germany: Today, December 5th, is International Volunteer Day (IVD).  From Argentina to Pakistan, Slovenia to Timor-Leste, volunteers and voluntary organizations are holding a variety of events including parades, campaigns, conferences, competitions, blood donation drives and coordinated volunteer actions.  They are celebrating with their communities, local institutions, UN organizations and government authorities to recognise the hope and commitment that volunteers bring to make the world a better place.  Read
The Secretary-General: Message on International Volunteer Day - 5 December 2012
05 December 2012
New York, USA: As we celebrate the impact of volunteers on our world, let us remember the many places they are needed: in war zones and classrooms, in hospitals and homes – wherever struggling people seek a helping hand. Let us also remember that volunteering can embrace all people, from the activist who works full-time for a cause to the occasional citizen who reaches out when he or she can. Each sets an example of the spirit of compassion we need. Each makes a valuable contribution to reaching our common goals. Read
Statement by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator, Helen Clark, on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (IVD), 5 December, 2012
05 December 2012
New York, USA: Today, on International Volunteer Day 2012, we celebrate the commitment that volunteers bring to making the world a better place, and the impact they have. The core values of volunteerism – striving for the common good in a spirit of solidarity and without expecting material reward - are shared universally across cultures, languages, and religions. Read
Statement by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Executive Coordinator, Flavia Pansieri, on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (IVD), 5 December, 2012.
05 December 2012
Bonn, Germany: On International Volunteer Day 2012, we celebrate the commitment and impact that volunteers bring to making the world a better place. Today, we uphold the values of volunteerism - solidarity, reciprocity, mutual trust and belonging – which are universal and transcend the boundaries of culture, language and geography. Read
Screenshot of the UN Calender of Observances app. (2012)
UN DPI launches the UN Calendar of Observances iPhone app developed by online volunteers
05 December 2012
New York, USA: Working with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI), a team of three UN Online Volunteers turned the print version of the United Nations 2013 calendar into an iPhone application. The UN Calender of Observances  app is also the product of collaboration within DPI itself, including staff and interns. This personal task management tool aims to foster interest in and support for the work of the United Nations, and can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store. Read
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A UNAIDS-UNV Facebook chat with two UNV doctors working towards an AIDS-free generation
01 December 2012
Bonn, Germany: Ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December and International Volunteer Day on 5 December, UNAIDS and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme co-hosted a live Facebook chat on 29 November 2012 with two UNV doctors who are supporting the HIV response in Malawi. Dr. Elizabeth Muviri is stationed at Blantyre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and Dr. Stephen Chu is overseeing the South East Zone (six districts). Read
Countries:  Malawi
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Global Press Release: International Volunteer Day - 5 December 2012
28 November 2012
Bonn, Germany: International Volunteer Day (IVD), on December 5th, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 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. 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.  Read
Online Volunteers honoured for their 'outstanding' contributions to peace and sustainable development
19 November 2012
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme today announced the ten winners of the “Online Volunteering Award 2012” and launched a global voting campaign for the public’s favourite winner. Read
More about: ICT  Online volunteering
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