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Sculpture, web portal unveiled on annual UN volunteer day
05 December 2002

From left, UNV Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Zéphirin Diabré, Michael Hofmann, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Cooperation, and Ulrich Hauschild, Mayor of Bonn at the unveiling of the bronze sculpture "Volunteer Rising"From left, UNV Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija, Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Zéphirin Diabré, Michael Hofmann, German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development Cooperation, and Ulrich Hauschild, Mayor of Bonn at the unveiling of the bronze sculpture "Volunteer Rising"
Bonn, Germany: A sculpture donated by the Royal Canadian Mint and a web portal providing resources for volunteer networking worldwide were unveiled today at a ceremony marking the annual United Nations International Volunteers Day (IVD) at United Nations Volunteers (UNV) headquarters.

The bronze sculpture, "Volunteer Rising", was originally presented to the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on behalf of the Canadian Government by Alfonso Gagliano, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and minister responsible for the Royal Canadian Mint at the closing ceremony of the International Year of Volunteers 2001 (IYV) in New York a year ago.

Rising from the platform composed of the International Year of Volunteers logo and the Canadian 2001 circulating 10-cent coin, the design reaches out into a three-dimensional "V" shape, which symbolizes vitality, energy, dynamism and volunteerism. The sculpture will be housed at UNV headquarters in Bonn.

On receiving the sculpture, UNV Executive Coordinator Sharon Capeling-Alakija thanked the Royal Canadian Mint for their contribution and commended the work of the artist, Anthony Testa, and Sandra Rojas, who designed the IYV logo as a volunteer.

In addition, the Royal Canadian Mint, a commercial Crown corporation responsible for minting and managing Canada's coin currency, designed and circulated an IYV commemorative 10-cent coin.

Also introduced from Bonn on IVD was a new web resource for volunteers worldwide -- worldvolunteerweb.org. "Given our experience with the IYV web site and the broad-based volunteer network developed during IYV, we have taken the first step to revise the content and design of the IYV web site. And today, 5 December, we have launched worldvolunteerweb.org. We hope it will become the first stop for people wanting to know more about volunteering," said Ms. Capeling-Alakija. She invited volunteer partners visit the portal and share their ideas on further development of the portal.

During the ceremony Zéphirin Diabré, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), said voluntary effort was necessary for governments to achieve development targets in the years ahead. "To succeed in advancing sustainable development in today's world, we need to share ideas and tap the ingenuity, solidarity and creativity of millions of ordinary people," he said.