HIGHLIGHTS FROM UNV SRI LANKA
04 October 2022
International Day of Peace 2022
The Youth Community Leadership Initiative (YCLI), a joint programme of the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka came together to commemorate the International Day of Peace with the participation of over 500 young people from across Sri Lanka came together for the 3-day event showcasing a wide variety of activities.
05 December 2021
UNV50 Country Awards in Sri Lanka
The United Nations Volunteers golden anniversary celebration culminated in a spectacular, ‘UNV50 Country Awards’ in Sri Lanka on the 7th December 2021 at the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. With the dignitaries representing the Government, UN Agencies, Academia, Corporate/Private sector, Civil Society and Volunteer Involving Organizations (VIOs). UNV recognized fifty organisations and individuals making noteworthy contributions to the country through volunteerism.
16 July 2021 to 18 July 2021
The Global Cultural Jamboree
UNV Sri Lanka partnered with the Scouts supporting the Global Cultural Jamboree with a participation of over 20,000 Scouts from around the world. UNV coordinated seven knowledge sharing sessions in collaboration with UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and UN Women presenting the importance of the SDGs and promoting volunteers as a catalyst in accelerating the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. With over a 45,000 viewership at the conclusion, the event was deemed a success with the launching of the first-ever virtual “Community Volunteer Center” aligned with the Scout’s Better World Framework to initiate volunteering activities that actively engage scouts in the promotion of social cohesion and fostering youth empowerment.
23 May 2021 to 14 June 2021
‘TOGETHER AT HOME’
National Youth Volunteer Week
The ‘Together at Home’ campaign was launched marking the National Youth Day on 23 May 2021. The campaign was designed to inspire young people, to initiate a series of volunteering activities together with family and close associates promoting ‘Volunteering at Home’ during the lockdown. This had five thematic areas and was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Youth Services Council (NYSC), WHO, UNDP, Sri Lanka Scouts and AIESEC. The campaign spanned over three weeks from 16 May to 15 June 2021, encouraging people to adhere to travel restrictions and remain at home.
05 December 2020
International Volunteers Day
International Volunteers Day (IVD), is an international observance that was mandated by the UN General Assembly in 1985. The Day is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage governments to support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local, national and international levels.
REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, also known as the Global Goals) were adopted on September 25th 2015, as a framework towards ending poverty, protecting the planet and in ensuring prosperity for all. The 17 Global Goals and their 169 targets are a part of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years.
Volunteer groups are explicitly mentioned as stakeholders in the 2030 Agenda. As many of the 17 goals call for long-term attitude and behaviour changes, volunteers are important within this development agenda; they facilitate changes in mindsets raising awareness or championing those changes and inspiring others.
INSPIRATION IN ACTION
Get inspired by volunteering achievements and UNV’s initiatives on integrating volunteerism into the 2030 agenda