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In February 1985, the General Assembly of the UN, United Nations, decided to dedicate this day to honor those people who, of their own free will and without receiving any remuneration, dedicate their time and efforts to solidarity and altruistic actions in institutions oriented to improve the quality of life of millions of people.
To generate a conscience of solidarity, it is important to stimulate the capacity for action and transformation that, individually and collectively, everyone can exercise.
UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, recognizing the importance that volunteering has been gaining worldwide, associated mainly with the development of non-governmental organizations or the social sector, invites governments and all sectors of society to support this important work, accommodating diverse cultural expressions.
The General Assembly also declared 2001 the “International Year of Volunteers”.
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Since 1986, every December 5 the International Volunteer Day is commemorated, an event that seeks to highlight the important work carried out by all those people who selflessly decide to reach out a helping hand to make our world a better place.
Among the volunteer groups, one of the most important is that of the United Nations, which, like other organizations, provides its services, physical capacities, and knowledge, in favor of all those people and places in the world that are in need.
What does it mean to be a volunteer?
A volunteer is a person who offers their skills to help the disadvantaged and collaborates to meet the global goals, which are currently the sustainable development goals, thus contributing to world peace.
Volunteering is not an easy task, but it is a very rewarding activity. Those who carry out this type of action, do it mainly to make our world a better place, and unwittingly become motivating agents, encouraging others to want to become volunteers, achieving almost unintentionally the fulfillment of goal number 16 of the 2030 Agenda, which claims to promote just peaceful and inclusive societies; where there are volunteers there are no differences between people.
How many types of volunteers are there?
Actually, today, there is a wide range of ways you can volunteer. It all depends on the global objective to which they respond and the way in which this activity is carried out since currently there is both traditional volunteering and digital volunteering.
The most common types of volunteering are-
It is the one that seeks to join different civic movements that seek to protect the culture of the place, improve education, create leisure activities that are enriching, and spread the customs of a place so that the rest of the world knows them.
Volunteering in civil protection
In that part of the world where a serious emergency occurs due to natural events such as earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, or droughts, these types of volunteers will be there rebuilding the affected area with their own hands.
It is focused on the care, recovery, and reporting of actions that are damaging the environment, as well as intelligent use of waste, mainly plastics, by people.
Social exclusion volunteering
Defend and promote the rights of collective groups that are marginalized or discriminated against in any way. Currently and thanks to the Sustainable Development goals, the group that is being given the most support are women, immigrants, people of another race, another religion, or individuals with disabilities.
Volunteering in development cooperation
It is one of the most important types of volunteering because it seeks to promote the capacities of individuals allowing them to enter the job market, take care of the environment, and even train others to ensure that the economy in each region of the world is sustainable.
There are many other types of volunteering that can be done. We invite you to take advantage of this day to inform yourself and actively participate in the actions carried out in your community. And remember, share everything you live and learn through the hashtag #International Volunteer Day.
It was in 1985 when the United Nations General Assembly decreed December 5 as the International Day of Volunteering for Economic and Social Development, although for UNICEF Spain, volunteers have been a key element long before. Already in the 1950s, a group of volunteers decided to support our work.
These people created over time an association that, as such, was born in 1961. Since then, volunteering is one of the hallmarks of the current Spanish Committee of UNICEF.
Currently, more than 85% of our team is made up of volunteers of different ages, professions, characteristics … but with something in common: their enormous commitment as defenders of children’s rights in Spain and around the world, and their motivation for transforming society and achieving real changes in children’s lives.
All of our volunteers identify with the mission and vision of UNICEF. Through volunteer actions, our volunteers channel their active participation in society and provide that added value that makes a difference and allows us to go further.
On International Volunteer Day, and every day, THANK YOU to all of our volunteers!
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