International Volunteer Day 2011

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Two UN Volunteers addressed the UN
General Assembly 0n 5 December 2011.
Highlighting the “power and potential”
of her work, Shoko Fujita, UNV Child Protection
Officer with the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF) in Timor-Leste, said that disturbing
stories of children in developing countries
being sexually abused and exploited had driven
her to try do something to protect them from
such violence. (UN Photo/Ryan Brown)

New York, 5 December 2011: Celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers culminated at the UN General Assembly with the launch of the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report and testimonies from two UN Volunteers.

Emphasizing the contribution of volunteering to the Millennium Development Goals, and calling for a people-centred, holistic approach to development, in Resolution A/RES/66/67 the United Nations General Assembly set the path for the future of volunteerism.

The Resolution also emphasizes the participation of individuals and communities to the achievement of sustainable development and related initiatives.

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Watch the UN New York activities online

Take a look at the webcasts to get an impression of the day (can take 15 minutes or more to download ):

GA morning  -  GA afternoon  -  Lunch panel  -  Afternoon briefing

Speeches and statements from the day

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See images from the day on the slideshow above. (Click to play)

About International Volunteer Day:

'An International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development' was established in 1985 via UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/40/212.

The key aim of the Day is to promote volunteerism across the world, and to "heighten awareness of the important contribution of volunteer service, thereby stimulating more people in all walks of life to offer their services as volunteers, both at home and abroad."