United Nations Volunteers continues to support ‘My Earth My Duty' of Zee News Ltd – a pan-India campaign instigating youth action on imperative issues of human induced climate change. Since its launch in 2010, it has been supported by over 50 million youth volunteers in almost all the headquarters in 34 cities and 1.2 lac villages across India. The campaign enters its third year in July 2012, with a series of ground events followed by a nationwide plantation drive starting Aug 15-21, 2012. With India completing 65 years of Independence this year, the initiative will urge the citizens to fight for their independence from global warming, thus encouraging a patriotic fervor.
A special issue of “The Peace Gong-the children’s newspaper” based on the four objectives of IYV+10 —recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of Volunteerism—has been initiated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation in association with UNV India and Anant Vikas Trust. The aim of this issue is to capture the voices of children across the world on VOLUNTEERING to facilitate efforts by children for a peaceful world. In view of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, IYV+ 10 offers an opportunity to celebrate but also to assess the progress made towards achieving the objectives of IYV.
The “Teach India” campaign was a social initiative by the Times of India in partnership with the Times Foundation and United Nations Volunteers, which invited the general public, corporate employees and students to volunteer towards teaching underprivileged children who have been denied the right to education. The aim of the campaign was to provide a platform for members of society who, irrespective of their personal and professional standing, felt a strong desire to give back to society and to participate in building a nation based on solidarity and justice, and in order to fight discrimination and marginalization. The campaign will be carried out in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. UNV India is supporting the “Teach India” campaign with its technical expertise in volunteer management and in planning development projects.
The ‘Green Orissa’ Campaign was launched in Orissa in July amidst boundless enthusiasm, hope and promise to make the state green through volunteering efforts. The campaign, launched in a Bhubaneswar-based government girl’s high school, promotes tree plantation as a first step to meeting the challenges posed by climate change.
Spanish university volunteer Maria Belmonte Saldaña gets stuck into the ‘Greenathon’, a clean-up of the polluted Yamuna river. (UNV)
The UN Worldwide Campaign on Climate Change Sign the petition for a fair climate agreement at the Copenhagen Conference.
If we are to meet the challenges of climate change, citizens of developing countries must be equally involved. In India, a nation of more than a billion people, 'Volunteering for our Planet' extended across every area of society - from schools and universities to the private sector. Read about the multitude of activities in the country that contributed the largest number of hours towards the 'Volunteering for our Planet' campaign.
To draw attention to the dedicated community of volunteers and to mark IYV+10, UNV-India proposes publishing a special volume on Volunteerism which would further advance the recognition and promotion of volunteerism and enhance its facilitation at the local, national and international levels. The selected photographs would be considered for a publication on volunteerism during 2011.
To raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), Joining Hands, WWF and UNV organized an Inter-School Debate – ‘Inceptum 2011’ on 18 October 2011, New Delhi. Topic of the Debate was “Individual Social Responsibility; A Distant dream in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in India”.
Gaurav Gaur, Hari Pado Biswas, Hemant Kumar Yadav, Rahul Pawa and Santosh Kumar were conferred the UNV Karamveer Chakra in an award function held on 27 November in New Delhi. This award is an endeavour to promote volunteerism and acknowledge exemplary voluntary actions by recognizing the invaluable role played by volunteers towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.