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.
Potential role of volunteerism as an important expression of our common humanity and empowering change from the grassroots up especially through strong partnerships is the focus of the first ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR). The reportpromotes a better understanding of volunteerism and demonstrates the universality, scope and reach of volunteerism along with new trends in the twenty-first century. SWVR examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion, disaster risk reduction, governance and political participation.
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 Bhubaneshwar-based Government Girl's High School, promotes tree plantation as a first step to meeting the challenges posed by climate change.
December 5 every year is dedicated to volunteerism and its contributions to communities and to development. Volunteerism is recognized as a powerful resource to engage people in the pursuit of peace and development. In India, UNV observed this day with the re-launch of the new UNV HQ online volunteerism website, an exhibition in Delhi, and a volunteer fair in Orissa.
On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of International Year of Volunteers UNV India and iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGOs) are pleased to announce UNV Karamveer Chakra. This award is an endeavour to promote volunteerism in general and recognition of exemplary voluntary actions in particular by recognising the invaluable contribution by volunteers to the achievement of MDGs.
This year, International Volunteer Day (IVD) comes at a vibrant time. ‘Share the Story’ is the theme of UNV’s IVD campaign. UNV is using social media to engage in a global online conversation focused on how volunteering contributes to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.
From June 22nd to June 28th 2009, two members of the UNV team in India, Mr Anoj Chhetri (Programme Officer) and Saoirse de Bont (UNV intern from Ireland), assisted as resource persons at the NSS Mega Summer Camp 2009 in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Chennai. The summer camp was attended by over 400 NSS volunteers, representing states from across India.
Today, as we mark International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions volunteers are making to peace and development around the world, and towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
On International Volunteer Day, we recognize millions of people around the world who give their time and talent to tackle global challenges: from volunteers working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to those supporting global causes of peace, justice and the Millennium Development Goals.