International Volunteer Day (IVD) is an opportunity to recognise and promote the unique and powerful contribution that volunteers make to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The theme for IVD 2019 was ‘Volunteer for an inclusive future’. The day highlighted SDG 10 – Reduce inequality within and among countries – as well as the pursuit of equality and inclusion through volunteerism.
This year, Forum members celebrated IVD in a wide variety of ways. Here are just some of the activities organised by Forum members to mark the day.
United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) hosted a #IVD2019 resource centre including logos, social media content and an IVD Toolkit that could be downloaded and used by other organisations to promote the day. UNV also organised a wide range of events and activities around the world, which you can read about here. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivered a message on IVD, saying that ‘Volunteerism is a powerful mechanism to engage people, especially those left farthest behind, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.’ Read the Secretary General’s message in full in English and French.
Throughout IVD, Raleigh International shared volunteer stories on social media, like this story about Anais and Daisy, volunteer counterparts from very different backgrounds, working together to improve water and sanitation in a rural community in Tanzania. They also posted testimonials from volunteers about their experience, the impact they had through their placements, and how the volunteer experience changed the way they see the world.
AVI and the Australian Volunteers Program supported over 30 events in Australia and across their partner countries. These included an event with Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs in Canberra, a gathering of new and returned volunteers in Melbourne, and nine events organised by returned volunteers. The Australian Volunteers Program also produced this video for IVD.
Australian Volunteers Event for International Volunteer Day 2019
VSO celebrated IVD with its annual Volunteer Impact Awards, recognising the volunteers on the frontline of VSO’s work. VSO also joined in IVD celebrations in Kenya, Pakistan, and used IVD to highlight the importance of volunteer policies.
Cuso International celebrated IVD with a ‘speed-connect’ evening for their alumni, bringing together leaders from their alumni network to share their volunteer journey in small group conversations.
You can find out more about IVD activities through #IVD2019 on social media. If you would like to add your activities to this round-up, email firstname.lastname@example.org