International Volunteer Day observed on December 5 every year, is an opportunity for people to say a big thank you to all those who put service above self. Amid COVID-19 this year, this day empowers everyone to thank our brave hearts who is giving their service in this pandemic. Appreciating volunteers, encouraging governments to support volunteers and recognize their contributions is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN at local and international level.

International Volunteer Day was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985. The UN Volunteers campaign every year to encourage volunteers in communities for peace and development. This year the IVD campaign that started on October 15 culminates on December 5.”Together We Can Through Volunteering” is the focus of International Volunteer Day this year.

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