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Press release: International Volunteer Day 2010 - “Volunteering for the MDGs”
Ha Noi, 3 December 2010 - In recognition of the noble efforts of volunteers worldwide, International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated every December 5.

This year, the global theme for IVD is “Volunteering for the MDGs”. 2010 is a crucial year in furthering the support needed to achieve the MDGs by 2015, which will not be possible without the support of millions of volunteers. By adopting the theme Volunteering for the MDGs, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) aims to demonstrate the strength of volunteerism and the contribution of volunteers in achieving the MDGs. Volunteering for the MDGs will also lead nicely the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV +10) and its launch on as part of the activities on December 5.
In Vietnam, two major activities will be held to commemorate IVD, which will be organized by a group comprised of local and international volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs) in the country, namely: SJ Viet Nam, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development/Volunteering for International Development from Australia AYAD/VIDA, Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Talking Green Club (TGC), Volunteers for Peace Viet Nam (VPV), Live & Learn for Environment and Community, with the overall coordination by the UNV in Viet Nam.

On December 2, an event called “Volunteer Cocktail for a Cause” will be held at the Hanoi Club to raise funds to establish a kindergarten classroom for children in the Bo De pagoda and support the Centre for Orphans, Children with Disabilities and Homeless Elderly in Ba Vi. Tickets are available for members of VIOs and others who are interested in supporting the beneficiaries of the fund-raising activity.

The second event, the Volunteer Fair, will take place December 4 at the Hanoi Botanical Gardens, where selected VIOs will set up booth displays to showcase the work of their volunteers in such sectors as HIV/AIDS, health, environment, culture, education, and social services (peoples with disabilities). Around 300 members from VIOs will participate in the event, which will also be a great opportunity for volunteers to network, exchange experiences, enjoy musical performances, and come together in a fun and informal environment.

An opening programme will kick off the Volunteer Fair, where speeches will be delivered by UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra and the First Secretary of Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Vo Van Thuong. Message from the UN Secretary General would also be read out to the audience. This part of the event will be used as an opportunity to launch IYV +10.

2011 will mark the 10th year since IYV was proclaimed in 2001 by a UN General Assembly resolution to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteer service. To follow up the implementation of IYV, the UN General Assembly issued another resolution in February 2009, which invites governments, the UN system, civil society and private sector organizations and other development partners to carry out activities focused on marking the 10th anniversary of IYV at regional and national levels.

About International Volunteer Day

IVD was adopted by the UN General Assembly through Resolution A/RES/40/212 on December 17, 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the day on December 5.

IVD offers an opportunity for VIOs and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals at local, national and international levels.

Since the late 1990s, IVD has been officially recognized and celebrated through numerous activities in Ha Noi. Viet Nam is among the many countries whose governments support the follow-up activities proposed for IYV+10 by the UN General Assembly in 2009.

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Dang Thu Thuy
Communications Officer
United Nations Volunteers Viet Nam
25-29 Phan Boi Chau (entrance on Ly Thuong Kiet) Ha Noi Viet Nam
Tel: (84-4) 3 942 1495 Ext: 265
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