International Volunteer Day 2015 Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!

Nov 13, 2015

  • International Volunteer Day 2015 
  • Date: 3 (Thursday)-5 (Satursay) December 2015
  • Location: UN House, Ulaanbaatar

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Mongolia, together with Mongolian Network of Volunteer Organizations (MNVO) and other local partners, host the annual celebration of the International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2015 between 3 and 5 December 2015. IVD 2015 will not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets, but also emphasize volunteers’ contributions to the new Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals, from children to the elderly.

The first ever ‘Volunteer Talks’ in Mongolia will be held, exploring how volunteers in Mongolia can contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Volunteer Talks will present three guest speakers and screen two TEDx Talks on volunteerism and SDGs.

The ‘iVolunteer.mn’ will be launched: an online platform where volunteers and volunteer involving organizations can interact and share volunteer opportunities.

Through ‘Have fun with SDGs!’ on 3 December, the future leaders of Mongolia, children will learn about SDGs and how volunteering is important in achieving peace and development in the world. Public school students and children of UN staff will be invited to the UN House to spend fun time playing, colouring and face painting while learning about volunteering and SDGs.

On 5 December 2015, Network of Mongolian Volunteer Organizations will announce the Best Volunteer Award of the Year. The Award recognizes and encourages outstanding individuals, groups and organizations who have been contributing to the development and promotion of volunteerism.

BACKGROUND

International Volunteer Day

International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 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.  The purpose of the IVD is to recognize the commitment of volunteers and volunteer organizations, to inform people about the impact of volunteering on peace and sustainable development, and to applaud volunteers for their dedication and impact.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015, 193 world leaders committed to 17 Goals. Sustainable Development Goals or the Global Goals build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. Enormous progress has been made on the MDGs. Yet despite this success, the indignity of poverty has not been ended for all. SDGs are the part of a new agenda to finish the job of the MDGs, and leave no one behind.

IVD2015: Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!

IVD 2015 is a chance for volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations to promote their contributions at all levels. By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations to work with the government agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups and the private sector.

Throughout the IVD 2015 events, we will celebrate volunteerism in all its facets and emphasizes volunteers’ contributions to the SDGs. Volunteers all over the world have contributed to the crystallization of the new Goals. Special tributes will be also paid to volunteers working to implement the Global Goals by mobilizing and engaging communities, organizations and governments.

Agenda

Thursday, 3 December 2015, 3rd floor auditorium, UN House

2.00-3.00 PM    Have Fun with SDGs

Friday 4 December 2015, 3rd floor Auditorium, UN House, 2.00-6.00 PM

2.00-2.15       Opening remarks

2.15-3.00       Volunteer Talks-Part 1

3.00-3.15       Coffee/Tea break

3.15-4.00       Volunteer Talks-Part 2

4.00-4.30       Launch of iVolunteer.mn platform

4.30-5.00       Closing, networking

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Best Volunteer Awards 

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About UNV 

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

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