Bonn: International Volunteer Day - 5 December 2012

"Volunteerism plays a significant role in achieving
the Millennium Development Goals. It plays a healing role by
rebuilding trust in a post-conflict society. And its values -

of solidarity and engagement - inspire us to live sustainably,
so that our human actions do not jeopardise the needs,
or the existence, of future generations."
Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV)


International Volunteer Day (IVD), on December 5th, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer orgnanizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.

Rio+20 delegation visits initiative helping rebuild community through volunteering

5d7f2ebad4Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012: On the first day of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and Dirk Niebel, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, visited the favela area of Canta Galo, together with German State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, and Joan Clos, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).

Over 64 million volunteering for sustainable development: actions count at Rio+20

Bonn, 14 June 2012: UNV launched the Volunteer Action Counts campaign on the 24th of April, and since then the campaign has been a great success, with more than 1,000 volunteering stories submitted and over 64 million volunteers acting for sustainable development counted so far on the campaign website.


“Volunteering is a key driver of the changes needed in our societies to achieve sustainable development,” says United Nations Volunteers’ Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri. "If we - each one of us - don't engage, participate and recognize our unsustainable lifestyles have to change, how can we expect to build a sustainable future for generations to come?"

Q&A: Volunteer Spirit Alive in Rio

IPS U.N. Bureau Chief Thalif Deen Interviews FLAVIA PANSIERI, Executive Coordinator of UN Volunteers


UNITED NATIONS, Jun 13 2012 (IPS) - When the Rio+20 summit gets underway in Brazil next week, the estimated 50,000 to 60,000 participants will not only include world leaders, government delegates and U.N. staffers but also a staggering array of activists from the far corners of the world.


The United Nations has identified some of the major participating groups to include farmers, businessmen, trade unionists, consumers, workers, students, indigenous peoples, religious leaders, academics, members of civil society and representatives of the international media.


But there will also be well over a thousand “volunteers” providing their services virtually gratis under the umbrella of UN Volunteers (UNV).

‘What you know inspires' contest winners announced

In the lead up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme launched ‘What you know inspires - volunteering matters for sustainable development’, a contest aimed to highlight volunteer contributions to sustainable peace and development. Two good practices have been selected as the winners and announced today by Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of UNV.