Less than two weeks from now on 5 December the world will celebrate International Volunteer Day (IVD). What are you doing? Please let us know.
This is the time to recognize the hard work and achievements of volunteers everywhere who work selflessly for the greater good. It is also the time to create networks and collaborate with other volunteer-involving and civil society organizations.
Please celebrate IVD and tell others about it. You can access publicity materials including the IVD logo and templates for posters, t-shirts and more, on World Volunteer Web:www.worldvolunteerweb.org
Feature: Volunteering for our Planet
700,000+ hours of environmental volunteerism registered
On World Environment Day, 5 June, United Nations Volunteers announced a theme for its own celebration of IVD this year: 'Volunteering for our Planet'. This is UNV's contribution to the UN campaign to 'Seal the Deal' at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, starting 7 December, and aims to demonstrate that people are willing to take positive action and that volunteers are a part of the solution.
The campaign invites you to register the hours you have volunteered for the environment in the six months to IVD. So far people have registered more than 700,000 hours, mostly in developing countries. We really want to reach 1 million hours; please help!
On their own, a few hours by one volunteer might not look like much but, when combined, the actions of thousands of volunteers around the world are adding up to a tremendous contribution to the global effort. For example, Suzanna is studying the impact of land use to indigenous communities in the Brazilian rainforest, Rahul is promoting eco-friendly agriculture in India, Sylvia in Germany is riding her bike to work and buys o rganic food, and Fogaing in Cameroon is doing online research on renewable energy for environmental organizations.
What are you doing?
Please register! Every hour counts. www.VolunteeringForOurPlanet.org
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More planned IVD activities
Queensland, Australia: The Department of Communities hosts a Symposium on 'Volunteering: connecting communities in new ways' to explore contemporary trends and issues including social innovation, social inclusion and corporate volunteering. http://bit.ly/76EpRx
Ireland: Comhlámh in association with Volunteer Centres Ireland will celebrate the contribution of volunteers to economic and social development. Music, food and speeches from leading figures.http://bit.ly/6pOHt3
New Zealand: Volunteer Marlborough will celebrate IVD on 3 December by hosting a breakfast at the Clubs of Marlborough to celebrate and recognize community volunteers. http://bit.ly/82PrKQ
South Africa: The first issue of e-CIVICUS in December will be dedicated to celebrating International Volunteer Day, 5 December. Articles on the theme of volunteering, especially those that show the work of volunteers and their impact on civil society, should be sent to editor(at)civicus(dot)org by 3 December 2009.
New York, USA: Get your hands dirty as you help keep Fort Greene one of the most beautiful parks in the city on Saturday 5 December. http://bit.ly/7TNSIu
Ecuador: UNV Ecuador will organize a cycling and tree planting event from 29 November to 2 December, together with UNDP and civil society organizations.
India: UNV is targeting 30 schools across Delhi to showcase the work of community volunteer heroes. On IVD, an event will bring together thousands of citizens for a massive clean-up and performances by renowned musicians.
Kyrgyzstan: Partnering with OHCHR, UNV has launched a Photo Competition on the theme: "A clean world is my right!", inviting schoolchildren to share ideas on the connections between Human Rights and the Environment.
Plan and share your IVD events
For more information about IVD 2009 visit http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/intl-vol-day.html
Plan your IVD with our handy toolkit: http://bit.ly/IVD_materials
Share your IVD events, stories, photos: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: IVD 2009 - [your country]