International Volunteer Day

Every year on 5th of December, International Volunteer Day, also known as IVD, is held to commemorate and encourage the roles of volunteers across the globe in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


International Volunteer Day (IVD) is established on the 17th of December 1985 by the United Nations under Resolution 40/212. 

2021 is also marked as the 20th Anniversary of three huge milestones; International Year of Volunteers 2001 which was proclaimed on 20th November 1997 under the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/RES/52/17. 


The theme for IVD varies different years and the theme for this year is “Volunteer now for our common future”

Why does this event matter? 

IVD is celebrated to recognize the act of volunteers who are dedicating their time and effort to creating a better future for everyone. This is also to promote volunteerism at the organization-level or individual-level to achieve goals at internationally or locally 

Why we should volunteer? 

Volunteerism is an altruistic act where individuals help others without wanting anything in return. Research states that people who volunteer are relatively “happier” than people who don’t volunteer. Volunteering also keeps you in contact with people which will make you less isolated. 


International Volunteer Day | United Nations

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