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International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a global observance that celebrates and promotes the spirit of volunteerism, bringing attention to the significant contributions of volunteers in achieving sustainable development goals at local, national, and international levels. Recognized by the United Nations, this day highlights the importance of volunteers in building resilient communities, supporting the marginalized, and promoting social cohesion. It encourages people around the world to engage in acts of volunteerism, to make a difference by contributing their time and skills to various development, social, and environmental projects.
The IVD, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, acknowledges the commitment and participation of millions of volunteers worldwide. In India, volunteering has been deeply ingrained in the culture for centuries, with individuals and groups supporting causes such as health, education, and poverty alleviation. Recently, Indian youth have shown a growing interest in national and international volunteer opportunities, thereby contributing to the accomplishment of the sustainable development goals in India and other countries.
In India, International Volunteer Day is celebrated through various events and initiatives, which include awareness campaigns, workshops, seminars, and drives on different social, environmental, and developmental issues. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations, and academic institutions across the country organize events to honor the service of volunteers and encourage more individuals to participate in volunteer work. Also, the Indian government and numerous organizations recognize the efforts and contributions of volunteers by presenting them with awards and certificates on this day. International Volunteer Day is observed annually on the 5th of December in India, coinciding with the global celebration of this observance.
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