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5 December: International Volunteer Day 2014

December 5th is International Volunteer Day. Volunteerism can help build your capacity through dedicated volunteers, sharing their knowledge and expertise with organizations they support. Volunteer action counts!

The International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development (IVD), established by the UN General Assembly to be commemorated on 5 December every year, is about telling the world what volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations achieve for peace and sustainable development.

Volunteers to support Sustainable Land Management

For the UNCCD volunteerism is an important part of the activities on the Capacity Building Marketplace, where you can place your vacancy if you are looking for a local volunteer or a partnership. Also on the Capacity Building Marketplace people who are interested in a volunteer opportunity can upload their profile online, so that organizations can contact them. As a volunteer you can actively support combatting land degradation, desertification and drought, and thus support the implementation of the UNCCD. On our Marketplace we offer volunteer opportunities, bringing together needs and supply in this field.

The United Nations Volunteer Programme

The United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) participates in International Volunteers Day with a wide range of activities, including the campaign “Volunteer Action Counts”.  UNV is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. UNV is active in about 130 countries with Field Units in 86 countries.


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