UN Celebrates International Volunteer Day

    A group of Egyptian volunteers with the International Organization for Migration. Photo by: David Ohana / UN

    The world is recognizing the good work and vital role of volunteers in international development today (Dec. 5).

    In celebration of International Volunteer Day, the U.N. Volunteers – with 8,000 volunteers under its wing – has planned a series of events involving volunteers from around the world. One of these, titled “Light-up Our World,” will include several online activities such as a photo competition where volunteers are asked to submit images of their volunteer experiences.

    UNV will also release its first state of the world volunteerism report as part of the celebrations. The report, according to UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator Naheed Haque in an interview with U.N. Radio, will discuss a new development paradigm that “underlines the role of social capital and well-being instead of traditional development measurements such as gross domestic product.”

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      Jenny Lei Ravelo

      Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.