About International Volunteer Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, as the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development, through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.
IVD is a chance for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector.
To post/read about volunteer actions all over the world and to download useful tools and information, please visit: http://www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/ivd-2014/
IVD in Mongolia
Every year on the 5th of December, the UNV programme in Mongolia cooperates with other international and national volunteer-involving organizations to celebrate the IVD.
During IVD 2011, marking and celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), the very first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) was launched by the UNV programme on 5 December 2011 globally including Mongolia with the Overview of the Report translated into and published in Mongolian language. The Report promotes a better understanding of volunteerism and helps to move volunteerism into a new era in which its true dimensions and significance are an integral part of the general discourse on global issues.
The UNV programme Mongolia was awarded as the Best Supporting Organization for Volunteerism in the year 2011during the Best Volunteering Awards Ceremony which is organized annually by the Network of Mongolian Volunteer Organizations.
The Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs) in Mongolia celebrated together IYV+10 during the week of 5-9 December 2011. Activities such as school visit by volunteers were organized by the Network of the Mongolian Volunteer Organizations (NMVO).
Press Conference on IYV+10
The Press Conference on IYV+10 took place on the 7th December at the Press Institute in Ulaanbaatar. It was attended by a group of panelists including Ms. Undral Gombodorj, Chair of the Network of Mongolian Volunteer Organizations and Director of the Democracy Education Center (DEMO), Mr. Oliver Wittershagen, Portfolio Manager for East Asia of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme HQ, Ms. Dulamjav Damdindorj from the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Ms. Munkhtuul Sodnomtseren, In-Country Manager of the Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD) and Ms. Enkhtuya Sukhbaatar, Country Manager of the Australian Red Cross in Mongolia.
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IYV+10 Celebration Day in Mongolia
The IYV+10 was officially celebrated in Mongolia on the 8th of December 2011 at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT). Having chaired by the Deputy Director of the International Organizations Department of the MOFAT, the opening remarks were made by H.E. Gandi T., Minister of the Social Welfare and Labour (on behalf of the Mongolian Government), Dr. Wiwat Rojanapithayakorn, the WHO Representative (On behalf of the United Nations Mongolia) and Ms. G. Undral, Chair of the Network of the Mongolian Volunteer Organizations (On behalf of the Mongolian volunteering sectors). The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) was officially launched in Mongolia with presentation made by Mr. Oliver Wittershagen, Portfolio Manager for East Asia of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. The SWVR promotes a better understanding of volunteerism by demonstrating its universality, scope and reach and by discussing new trends in volunteerism in the twenty-first century.
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The Best Volunteering Awards Ceremony 2011
The Best Volunteering Awards Ceremony took place during the official celebration of IYV+10 on the 8th December 2011. The winners of the awards are in the below table. The Best Supporting Organization for Volunteerism was awarded to the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.
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IVD 2012 was the moment to build on positive results achieved in the past years and the opportunity to raise awareness through an already established platform, “Volunteer Action Counts.” For IVD 2012 the main focus was awareness and recognition.Click on Newsletter on IVD 2012 (link to the document)
The International Volunteer Day 2012 was celebrated in Mongolia on 5 December at the Chinggis Khan Hotel. The celebration was attended by over 130 participants from Mongolian civil society and volunteer involving organizations, international development cooperation agencies and five government offices including the Office of the President, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Education and Science and the National Statistical Office.
Click on IVD 2012 Live Broadcast
Click on Video: “Celebrate Volunteering in Mongolia on International Volunteer Day 2012”
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On the occasion of IVD 2014, Network of Mongolian Volunteer Organizations, World Vision Mongolia, United Nations Volunteers and United Nations Development Programme came together to commemorate the day with volunteer involving organizations and other stakeholders in Mongolia. Read more…