The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development is celebrated on December 5 across the world. The day is popularly referred to as International Volunteer Day (IVD). The objective behind celebrating the day is to encourage the government to support volunteer efforts and recognise the contribution of the volunteers.
It is a day that encourages people to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia, and the private sector. The day also aims to highlight the work which volunteers play in building resilient communities. According to the UN website, the day promotes peace and development by championing the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.
Theme and Significance of the Day:
The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution passed on 17 December 1985. The day is celebrated on December 5 across several nations and provides an opportunity for the volunteers to promote their work among the communities.
The theme for this year's International Volunteer Day for Economic & Social Development is 'Volunteer For an Inclusive Future'. International Volunteer Day is celebrated by many non-governmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector, among others.