International Volunteers Day 2020 Celebrations

On International Volunteer Day (IVD) , 05 December 2020, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Sri Lanka will be hosting an online event which was live streamed on major social media channels.

International Volunteers Day 2020

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. UNV coordinates a campaign to promote IVD every year, building on the impact volunteers have in communities, nationally and globally, for peace and development. Let’s make IVD this year a worldwide moment to thank volunteers and celebrate their efforts despite all the challenges at hand.


Frontline Functionaries during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the last months, as the COVID 19 pandemic has ravaged across the world, volunteers have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses.

The COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan by the WHO identifies community volunteers as key stakeholders for risk communication and community engagement. This indicates the valuable and the great effort the WHO believes volunteers are doing during COVID-19. Yet, recognition is still not enough, especially when it comes to volunteers’ own well-being and access to health care.

This year’s IVD campaign, that starts today and culminates on IVD 2020, December 5th, will thank volunteers worldwide and also shed light on the difficulties and needs of volunteers during the pandemic. Showing the impact of volunteers in their communities during this crisis, we will reach to all corners of the globe with the message of Together We Can Through Volunteering.

International Volunteers Day 2020 Trailers

Call for Volunteer Stories in COVID-19 Response

In commemoration of the IVD 2020, UNV Sri Lanka and WHO Sri Lanka would like to recognize and thank frontline functionaries and volunteers across the country for their actions and commitment to help prevent COVID-19. Hence, we are collecting inspiring stories from individual volunteers, Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to be featured in our social media campaign and a video to celebrate IVD this year.

International Volunteer Week

As part of this year’s celebrations for International Volunteer Day,  influential Youth and Volunteer organizations have been invited to conduct innovative sessions in line with this year’s theme, for pre-registered audiences.  The sessions will be held in the first week of December 2020 as a pre-run event to International Volunteer Day.





International Volunteer Day 2020 Highlights

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