06 December 2003
The International Volunteer Day (IVD) was celebrated in Afghanistan in the midst of several endeavours striving to strengthen the country’s infrastructure with the support of volunteers from the world over.
In a message commemorating the IVD, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said, "Volunteers do not ask, ‘why volunteer’, but rather ‘when?’, ‘where?’, and ‘how?’. These dedicated and courageous individuals are important partners in the quest for a better, fairer and safer world."
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) commemorated IVD with a small ceremony at their offices on Jalalabad Road, Kabul. A tree was planted in the memory of Sharon Capeling-Alakija, the former UNV Executive Coordinator, who passed away on 4 November 2003.
UN volunteers (UNVs) have been involved in various development projects in Afghanistan since 1989. More than 400 volunteers have contributed their time and skills in the country in the past 15 years. Currently there are 186 UNVs here, working mainly to help Afghans prepare for the general elections in 2004.
Photo shows UN Volunteers planting a tree in memory of the organization's former Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija