International Volunteer Day celebration in Bosnia and Herzegovina

In recognition of the noble efforts of volunteers worldwide, International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated every December 5. This year’s topic of IVD is the growth of online volunteering and contribution made by the billion volunteers across the world, under the GlobalApplause campaign that captures stories shared from volunteer-involving organizations all over the world, on Facebook and Twitter.

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has released encouraging global figures demonstrating a rise in ‘keyboard volunteers’ showing that the volume of conversations online around “online volunteering” more than doubled in the last year, while applications for the United Nations Online Volunteering service rose by 10 per cent in the same period.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in BiH has been supporting IVD since its inception, recognizing its great opportunity to recognize the significant impact that volunteerism makes worldwide. As part of this year’s celebration, UNV in BiH supported the project Volunteering is cool!  and its final event of the project "Gallery of volunteering" organized by the Centre for development of youth activism CROA. The project involves schools and students in various community volunteering events, workshops and activities to develop system of responsible engagement in community development. The goal of the final event is to enable volunteers to present their volunteer work and involvement, exchange experiences and promote benefits of volunteerism striving to engage more peers to act as volunteers.

On the occasion do IVD, Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme stated : ‘”Today, 5th December International Volunteer Day, is a time to take stock and celebrate the efforts of all volunteers wherever they are. I would like to express my gratitude to and admiration for the billion volunteers worldwide, who are making peace and sustainable development a reality.”

Currently, there are approximately 7,300 national and international UN Volunteers contributing to UN work in sustainable development in over 130 countries. In BiH, there are 29 volunteers, working together to foster greater youth engagement in support to development and peace-building processes in the country.

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. It is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organizations, to raise awareness of, and gain recognition for, the contribution they make to their communities.