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Global Applause – Give Volunteers a Hand!

Dushanbe, Tajikistan - December 5, 2016. International Volunteer Day (IVD), celebrated worldwide on 5 December, was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1985 through Resolution 40/212 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteers. The day gives an opportunity to thank and celebrate the billion volunteers all over the world who are making peace and sustainable development a reality.By merging UN support with a grassroots mandate, IVD is a unique opportunity for volunteer-involving organizations and individual volunteers to promote their contributions to development at local, national and international level.

“Volunteering is not just noble, but necessary. Let us give a round of an applause for all volunteers who are working for improving lives of others, and encourage those to volunteer, who wish to help making the world a better place,” says UN Resident Coordinator in Tajikistan Pratibha Mehta.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, which contributes to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming,celebrates the day together with the volunteers of Ismaili Centrein Dushanbe by organizing a full-day event for more than 300 volunteers of the Ismaili Centre and different UN agencies. The celebration includes icebreaking and community building, and sessions to share volunteering experiences, highlight the best moments of the year, and quote best services.

The day is a culmination of the volunteer year for both organizations, and an appreciation for the volunteers for the work they have done during 2016. The day ends with an IVD Gala event, where the best volunteering acts are rewarded in the presence of high-level guests, and the participants have a chance to enjoy music and other performances.

“Volunteering gives everybody chance to be part of the change, leaving no one behind. Volunteers are great advocates and volunteering gives a voice to those who are marginalized, and it enables people to develop their skills to participate in society,” says UNV Programme Officer a.i. in Tajikistan Heli Nykänen.

This year’s theme, #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they are doing for peace and development. An online campaign encourages people in social mediato give the billion volunteers worldwide a round of #GlobalApplause.

For more information and for pictures, please contact: UNV Field Unit, Heli Nykänen, UNV Programme Officer a.i., heli.nykaenen@undp.org, tel: +992 93 9999 259.

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