BAKU, 5 December 2018 – A celebration of International Volunteer Day (IVD) in Azerbaijan has brought together around 200 national volunteers, representatives of United Nations (UN) and government agencies. The event, hosted by ADA University, is organised by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, ASAN Service and Coca-Cola Foundation.
This year, IVD celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of the community in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.
“Today’s event is another testimony of our recognition and appreciation of volunteers work and their contributions,” said Ghulam Isaczai, UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan. “Along with the continuous support and investment from the Government of Azerbaijan and its partners, volunteerism can go even further to strengthen society and boost efforts towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.”
Following the opening session, winners of the contest, organised by UN Volunteers programme and ASAN Service in October and November, received their awards in the categories of the best story, photography and video.
International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December. It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
Apart from mobilising thousands of volunteers every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming.
Every year, over 6,500 UN Volunteers serve with UN entities in some of the most challenging environments across the world, and 12,000 UN Online Volunteers complete over 20,000 assignments online through the UNV Online Volunteering service.