UNV, VSO and partners mark International Volunteers' Day

Nov 30, 2012

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV),  the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and their partners will bring together volunteers and other development partners to a two day event in Abuja next week to celebrate the contributions of volunteers. The event will hold on December 4-5. The International Volunteers’ Day (IVD) is celebrated globally on 5 December every year.

The partners include the UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Cuso International, the Nigeria National Volunteer Service (NNVS) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The IVD 2012 celebrates the commitment and hope for a better world. The theme for this year is “Volunteer Action Counts” which mainly focuses on awareness of and recognition for volunteers and volunteer organizations. The purpose is to recognise this commitment, to inform people about the impact of volunteering on peace and sustainable development and to applaud volunteers for their dedication and impact.  IVD 2012 will be an extension of the Rio+20 Volunteer Action Counts campaign which collected large amounts of evidence based success stories. IVD 2012 builds on IYV+10 and leads up to UNV’s work on the post-MDG development agenda beyond 2015.

Participants at this year's  celebration will include the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier Gen. Nnamdi Okore-Affia; the Director General, National Orientation Agency, Mr. Mike Omeri; and the Director General, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), Alhaji Nadada Umar. There There will also be representatives from National, International and Diaspora Volunteers as well as Students' Committees. Other key guests are Consular Delegates, NGOs, Oxfam, Action-AID, Christian AID, Save the Children UK, British Council and Society for Family Health.

Guest speakers will make  presentations on the topics: “The Contribution of Volunteers to Social and Economic  Development in Nigeria”, "Volunteering for Nation Building''  and “Volunteer Action for stimulating Post 2015 Development Agenda”. Other activities will also include youth parades,exhibitions, recognition of award ceremony and launch of the Volunteer for Life Project.

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