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20 December 2012
UN Resolution 67/138: Integrating volunteering in the next decade 
New York, USA: The UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on "Integrating Volunteering in the Next Decade", which was co-facilitated by Brazil and Japan.    Read article
30 March 2012
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20 February 2012
IYV+10 - the General Assembly Resolution 
New York, USA: On 5 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/66/67 on marking the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
21 November 2011
Official International Volunteer Day (IVD) statements 
Official International Volunteer Day (IVD) statements are forthcoming. Please keep checking the IVD download section for more information and other resources to support events in your country.

You can also help the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to showcase the power of volunteer action in every country. To find out more, please visit, and help light-up our world by watching a weekly video and responding to a weekly question with your best photo and caption.   Read article
25 October 2011
UNICEF/UN Volunteers: Volunteering for behavioural change in Egypt 
Dalia Ashour with UNICEF Egypt  Emergency response team in Salloum. Photo: UNICEF/2011
Egypt: When thinking of a volunteer, what comes to the mind of most people is a youth working in the field in an emergency zone. The link between the words ‘volunteer’ and ‘desk job’ is, to say the least, not very common.  Read article


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US Senate moves to expand national service 
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to broadly expand national community service programs, increasing the number of positions to 250,000 from 75,000 and creating new cadres of volunteers focused on education, clean energy, health care and veterans.  Visit site
Colin Powell endorses service initiative 
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is lending his stature to an initiative from the incoming administration to connect volunteers with causes that need them.

President-elect Barack Obama's 'Renew America Together' initiative will officially launch a Web site on Martin Luther King Day, 19 January, to help people answer the call. Obama's inauguration is the following day.

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International Volunteer Day: Imagine a world without volunteers 
It would probably also be a world where people smile less, where local communities are falling apart and where everyone does things only for money. Despite being a huge social, economic and human phenomenon, volunteering is easily overseen by people and decision-makers.  Visit site

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20 December 2006, 11:13
Strengthening volunteerism and management in Kazahstan 
Kazakhstan recognizes that volunteerism is a resource they could tap into to improve lives of its people. On IVD, volunteer-involving organizations are coming together to help government agencies create strategies and laws on volunteering.  Read entry
From: IVD 2006 Blog
08 May 2006, 11:11
Volunteering in South Africa 
I have started a volunteer program for USA rangers (US Forest Service, etc.) to South Africa (SA) 3 years ago, and it runs very well. I will be looking for international volunteers with a wide range of skills and experience who would be interested to volunteer in SA.   Read entry