UN chief lauds volunteerism as ‘powerful mechanism’ towards sustainable development

UN Volunteers actively took part in activities marking the UN’s 74th anniversary

UN Volunteers actively took part in activities marking the UN’s 74th anniversary

The 2030 Agenda calls for a just, equitable, tolerant and socially inclusive world in which the needs of the most vulnerable are met. International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrates that by letting people make “meaningful contributions to more inclusive and equalitarian societies” through volunteering, according to Secretary-General António Guterres.

“Volunteerism is a powerful mechanism to engage people, especially those left farthest behind, in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN chief said in his message for the day. “When people volunteer, they connect with others and foster a sense of purpose”.

By voluntary actions, people on the margins can become more included in societies.

And in refugee camps throughout the globe, displaced people themselves are volunteering for children’s education and better intercultural understanding.

In addition to increasing the number of UN Volunteers to contribute to the UN system activities in support of Agenda 2030, Mr. Guterres maintains that we must continue to promote volunteerism worldwide “as it nurtures solidarity and cohesion through underlying values of cooperation and reciprocity”.

“Volunteerism is essential to ensure that global sustainable development efforts are owned by all people, implemented by all people and for all people”, concluded the Secretary-General.

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