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Together We Can Through Volunteering

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/4/2020 12:41:52 PM IST

 5th December is the International Volunteer Day

We have experienced the pandemic this year and it has directly or indirectly affected all of us. The fight is not over and we have to keep fighting in near future till there is a solid solution like an effective vaccine. Health care workers and all other frontline workers have contributed very positively at the time of pandemic. There are people who are paid and there are also people who are unpaid but contributed in the fight against coronavirus or COVID 19. There are many volunteers who have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses. Headlines in the world’s media have paid credit to volunteers for all kinds of work, from helping to provide medical care, to doing shopping for vulnerable neighbours, or checking up on elderly people living alone.
There are many occasion where volunteers are engaged and during pandemic or any other emergencies or big events we have seen the importance of volunteers. Volunteerism is one of the most vital delivery mechanisms for social, environmental and economic transformation, ensuring a lasting impact with its ability to change people’s mindsets, attitudes and behaviours. People become actors of change and equal partners in the attainment of local, national and international progress towards sustainable human development and global peace. 
We can see volunteers everywhere and one of the leading names in this regard is United Nations Volunteers or UNV in short. In 2019, there were 8,282 UN Volunteers, who served in 54 United Nations missions, agencies, funds and programmes across the globe. 13,186 online volunteers served virtually worldwide with 33 United Nations partners in support of 183 civil society organizations working on peace and development. 29 % of UN Volunteers on-site were under the age of 29, and 51 % were women. It is a moment of pride for many who can serve as UN volunteers. 
Recognising the importance of volunteering a day is specially focused for the volunteers which is observed around the world. 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. The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.
This year’s IVD campaign thanks volunteers worldwide and also sheds light on the difficulties and needs of volunteers during the pandemic. Showing the impact of volunteers in their communities during this crisis, we will reach to all corners of the globe with the message “Together We Can Through Volunteering.” “On International Volunteer Day, I appeal to all governments to promote volunteering, support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers deserve our heartfelt thanks”, said António Guterres, Secretary General of UN in his message on the occasion. 
Apart from observing the day, the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 52/17 of 20 November 1997 proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). The year was conceived for the purpose of furthering the recognition of volunteers, facilitating their work, creating a network of communication and promoting the benefits of voluntary service. Young people or any other interested may come forward to become volunteers at different levels and contribute positively.  There is joy in helping others and it is easily possible through volunteering. We may not have enough resources to support social causes but we can give time and become volunteers with different humanitarian organisations and help people who need our care and support. There are many ways through which we can join many voluntary organisations working with the people and community for positive social transformation. Achieving the global goals or Sustainable Development Goals is not easy with the support of volunteers at different levels. Let us come forward and contribute for development by becoming volunteers wherever we can. Together we can bring a sustainable future for all of us. 
Ranjan K Baruah 
bkranjan@gmail.com

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