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International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, also known as International Volunteer Day (IVD), is observed on December 5 each year.

Local names

NameLanguage
International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentEnglish
Día Internacional de los Voluntarios para el Desarrollo Económico y SocialSpanish
יום ההתנדבות הבינלאומיHebrew
يوم التطوع العالميArabic
국제 자원 봉사의 날Korean
Internationaler Tag des EhrenamtesGerman

Alternative name

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development 2015

Saturday, December 5, 2015
List of dates for other years

The United Nations (UN) annually observes the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5. The day, which is also known as International Volunteer Day (IVD), gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels.

International Volunteer Day recognizes the work of volunteers and the importance of volunteering.

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What do people do?

This day hopes to heighten people’s and governments’ awareness of the voluntary contributions. It also focuses on stimulating people to offer their services as volunteers, both at home and abroad. Over the years, governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals contribute the International Volunteer Day through various activities including:

Activities and events for the day help promote the impact of volunteering and the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, via volunteering to:

Many people participate in many of these events through the World Volunteer Web, which the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) operates in partnership with various organizations.

Public life

International Volunteer Day is a global observance and not a public holiday. Some organizations, businesses and communities may take the time to contribute to the day through activities mentioned earlier in this article.

Background

Each year UN General Assembly invites governments to observe the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5 (A/RES/40/212 of 17 December 1985). As a result of the resolution from December 17, 1985, governments, the UN, and civil society organizations work together with volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on December 5 each year.

In 2001, the International Year of Volunteers, the Assembly adopted a set of recommendations on ways that governments and the UN could support volunteering and asked that they be widely disseminated. The International Year of Volunteers aimed to stimulate national and international policy debate around, and to advocate for, recognizing, facilitating, networking and promoting voluntary action. The year led to a much better appreciation of the power of volunteerism in its many forms and the ways to support it.

Symbols

The IVD logo is used to promote the day. The logo features two olive branches that encapsulate three Vs in a cup-like manner. Each V has bullet points at the top of each tip of the letter, so the Vs are drawn in a way to resemble simple figures of people in unity. The words “International Volunteer Day” are under the olive branches. The image, including the words, is in orange on a white background.

External links

World Volunteer Web

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedDec 51990International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 51991International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 51992International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SunDec 51993International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 51994International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 51995International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 51996International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriDec 51997International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 51998International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SunDec 51999International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 52000International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
WedDec 52001International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 52002International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriDec 52003International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SunDec 52004International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 52005International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 52006International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
WedDec 52007International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriDec 52008International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 52009International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SunDec 52010International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 52011International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
WedDec 52012International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 52013International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
FriDec 52014International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 52015International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
MonDec 52016International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
TueDec 52017International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
WedDec 52018International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
ThuDec 52019International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
SatDec 52020International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social DevelopmentUnited Nations observance 
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