Thai Government, UN to recognize important contributions of volunteers

21 Dec 2011

This year, In recognition of the important contributions of volunteers make in the lives of the Thai people, the Ministry will host a celebration at the Miracle Grand Hotel on December 21st which will mark the recognition of International Volunteer Day in Thailand (December 5) and the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. 

Mr. Santi Promphat, Minister, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security is the chairman of the event for the National Social Day and Thai Volunteer Day (2011) which is in October 21st of every year and it is also the late Royal grandmother, Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani’s birthday. 

In the recent floods, Minister, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security honour the commitment of Thailand’s volunteers and recognize the critical efforts of the Thai volunteers.

“Volunteerism is an essential factor in development of the country where Thai volunteers have shown clearly their strong spirit and support in emergency crisis with their social responsibility mindset and determination will help us overcome the rapidly changing environment,” said Sriyada Palimaphan, D.D.S., Secretary to the Minister of Social Development and Human Security.

“I am pleased with the strong social values that volunteers throughout the country have portrayed in times of the recent emergency crisis.”

The United Nations Volunteers in Thailand (UNV) will officially launch the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR), which highlights the many contributions volunteers make to development goals worldwide. The report spotlights the work of Thailand’s Interfaith Network on HIV/AIDS, which mobilizes volunteers from Buddhist, Muslim, Catholic and Protestant communities across the country to organize home-based care activities for people with AIDS living in remote areas. Thailand has been very successful in lowering HIV infection rates.

The event on December 21 will also pay respect to the late Royal grandmother, Phra Srinagarindra Boromarajajonani, and feature an exhibition of volunteer involving organizations.

The Royal Thai Government will also mark the announcement of best volunteer and organization award regarding outstanding volunteering activities of the nation, and there will be recommendations on development strategies of volunteering to the National Social Welfare Promotion Committee to propose to the government for considerations in putting the recommendation into actions.

Festivities will start at 9:00a.m, in the Miracle Grand Ballroom (4th floor), with an opening speech by Ms. Panita Kampu Na Ayudhya, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security.