Cuso International Nigeria Program Office in Calabar in Collaboration with Lead Inspire & Transform (LIT) and Project 2031 Nigeria successfully held its maiden 2015 UN International Volunteers Day by holding a seminar on the theme “Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!”, The event, which was attended by over 200 participants comprising of young people from Cross River State, community based organizations, local and international organizations, the media and other civil society organizations witnessed a series of interactive and fun-filled activities, including drama performance by young girls from “Girls Power Initiative”, on the relevance and outcome of volunteerism The event started with a welcome address by Mr. Ferdinand Dapaah, Project Director of Cuso International, Calabar Nigeria. He used to occasion to commend the planning committee of IVD and how volunteerism forms part of Cuso’s ultimate goal. Mr. Dapaah emphasized on the important contribution that volunteers and volunteer based organization contribute to economic growth and national development. The UN Sustainable Development Goals according to Mr. Dapaah could best be attained when government all over the world actively engages the efforts of both skilled and unskilled volunteers. Cuso International, he mentioned have over the years utilized the services of highly skilled volunteers to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges facing humanity, such as poverty and hunger. Mr. Iso Bassey, Executive Director of Lead Inspire & Transform (LIT) delivered the Keynote Address, which was on the theme; “Volunteering for Social Change: What is your Role”? Mr. Bassey explained what volunteering is within a social context; as the culture of participating in project, programmes or activities that provides common good and for which an individual is not necessarily the object direct benefit. To climax the day’s event, a panel discussion from resources persons who have over the years been volunteering and offering their expertise to advance the cause of humanity was held. The panel included: Ms. Basse Sam (VSO), Mr. Kwame Anane Frempong (Cuso International Volunteer), Mr. Samuel Segun (Project 2031 Nigeria) and Ms. Ukeme Ekon (Girls Power Initiative). The discussion inspired and thrilled the participants with forty minutes of life changing experiences and also took time to answer series of thought provoking questions from the moderator and participants at large. Some of the questions that came up were:
• What does volunteerism mean to you?
• Why do you volunteer?
• What has volunteering done for you in terms of personal development or career building?
• What role does volunteerism play in achieving things like the newly UN SDGs?
• What is the social impact of volunteerism?

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IVD 2015 celebration was held in Kaalfontein, an informal settlement near Midrand. The organizing committee identified the NGO- Tswaranang Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Centre to partner with from the community of Kaalfontein which has many other NGOs. Tswaranang OVC is a volunteer staffed NGO and has been serving the community for 10 years and has close relations with the Department of Social Development.

A gathering was planned at Tswarang OVC where the planning committee (UNV, JICA, NYDA), Tswaranang staff, orphaned youth from the center and serving volunteers from JICA and UNV met for programme debrief and painting of the facility. The group travelled to the community secondary school (Penelopele/ Oracle) where the main festivities where planned and greeted with venue filled with community members of all ages and NGOs, civil society representative, and the UNDP country Director Mr. Walid Badawi.

The opening of the event was graced by a an opening song by the nursery school children from Tswaranang OVC. Mr. Lineo Rasegwane welcomed the audience with a short story on volunteerism in the South African context and history and a poem.

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On the occasion of International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2015, UNV and voluntary associations in the DR Congo, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO), had the opportunity to promote their contribution to peace and development efforts by initiating activities in eight regions across the country. Activities ranging from a social youth entrepreneurship workshop to an awareness and a sensitization campaign on water, hygiene and sanitation (WASH) in a refugee camp were able to mobilize around 1.500 participants.
In addition, the National Volunteering Secretariat, in charge of coordinating volunteer activities in the country, as well as France Volontaires, CUSO International and Goma volunteer platform joined the celebration. These celebrations wouldn’t have been possible without the participation, enthusiasm and commitment of the UNV Youth volunteers, national and international UNV volunteers.

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Le programme des Volontaires des Nations Unies fête samedi 5 décembre prochain la Journée Internationale des Volontaires.
Pour cette occasion, un tournoi de football (mixte) sera organisé samedi 5 décembre, de 13h30 à 16h00, au college Mwanga de Goma.

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UNV Pakistan organized several activities on the occasion of International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2015. We concluded IVD celebration for this year through organizing a youth and volunteer gathering event titled ‘‘People, Pakistan, Development and Volunteerism’ at Lahore, Punjab on 9th of December. The Social Welfare Department, Human Rights and Minority Affairs Department, Government of Punjab, United Nations Volunteers Pakistan, Pakistan Red Crescent, FacesPakistan and CAN Pakistan jointly organized the event. About 250 youth, volunteers, NGOs/CSOs, civil society, VIOs, media were present there. The policy makers, senior government officials along with other key stakeholders also attended the event. The event experienced very exciting interactive sessions of youth, volunteers, government officials and other participants. It also distributed prizes and shields amongst the winners of IVD poster competition and volunteers. The event concluded with fabulous cultural show.

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Held a public forum on volunteerism and the SDGs, painting and clean-up activities, discussions in university and motivational talks at youth rehabilitation centre

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At #TechoBelgium, we also celebrate volunteering actions thorugh #IVD2015, and for us volunteering is inspiration, friedhsip, beliving, change, learning, share, give sense to your life, love, to work together, to value small things... and specially, to spread happiness.

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In Cote d’Ivoire, International Volunteer Day was celebrated in Abidjan, Bouake, Oume and Korhogo with the support of all UN Volunteers. While ONUCI FM already diffused a broadcast on IVD and volunteer voices on December 4th and 5th, the UNV Field Unit kicked off the celebrations in the area of Adjame, in Abidjan, on Saturday 5th, where approximately 500 youth were mobilized to celebrate volunteerism. The Special Representative of the Secretary General in Cote d’Ivoire and the mayor of Adjame opened the ceremony by paying tribute to all UNV contributions for peace and development in the country. The official opening was followed by a clean-up campaign of the area, around the traditional market. Volunteerism was also celebrated through music, arts and sports: all participants, inspired by the meaning of volunteerism, were invited to paint and draw on one blank sheet; eventually, it is through football, one national pride of Cote d’Ivoire, that volunteerism was celebrated: Volunteers vs. Youth from Adjame. In Bouake on the same day, the UN Volunteers co-facilitated a workshop on volunteerism with the NGO “225 benevoles”. On December 7th, the UNV Field Unit advocated for volunteerism for social cohesion and reconciliation in the locality of Oume. IVD tour in Cote d’Ivoire was closed in Korhogo, on December 9th, at the University of Korhogo, with a conference-debate of volunteerism, jointly organized with ONUCI and UN Women, as part of 16 days of activism.

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Volunteers power!
All by volunteering a workshop discussing volunteering meaning, sustainable development goals, voluntary projects ideas, and planning, was held today in ‪#‎Najaf‬ by the support of the ‪#‎UNV‬ ‪#‎iraq‬ and the offers of local volunteers.
The workshop aimed to support local volunteers by providing information and technics related to volunteering used by ‪#‎ypeer‬ network.
Starting with a short introduction about the ‪#‎UN‬ then the #UNV and the sustainable development goals.
Supporting the local volunteers volunteering own goals, by planing technics.
Then ending all of that with sharing the ‪#‎thankyou‬ note that the UNV Iraq use as part of their promoting campaign for their Facebook page.
بمساعدة متطوعين محليين من النجف و بدعم من الامم المتحدة للمتطوعين و مركز الكوثر المجتمعي للنساء.
تم اليوم عقد ورشة عمل للمتطوعين المحليين في النجف.
هدفت الورشة لدعم قدرات المتطوعين المحليين عبر تعريفهم بمفاهيم منها الامم المتحدة و الامم المتحدة للمتطوعين واهداف التنمية المستدامة. ثم تعريفهم علئ مجموعة من الطرق المستخدمة للتحضير لعمل تطوعي باستخدام تقنيات شبكة تثقيف الاقران الدولية.
‪#‎ivdi2015‬

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Reaching Hand NGO from Bangalore celebrated IVD with 8 volunteers going to Devarabisanhalli school spreading awareness on disability, having a creative storytelling session through puppets and also playing games with students!

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