The Madaris Volunteer Program (MVP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), in partnership with the Campus Clubs Organization of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) celebrated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) last December 5 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm at the Arrupe Hall.

IVD 2016’s theme #GlobalApplause – give volunteers a hand, recognizes volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality.

On IVD 2016, we not only celebrate volunteerism in all its facets – but also pay special tribute by applauding volunteers who contribute to peace and sustainable development worldwide. Volunteers turn to be global citizens by collaborating abroad, getting to know other political systems, understanding other’s needs and living other cultures. Through global solidarity, global engagement and by creating global citizenry, volunteerism sets a course for a better world.

Through this campaign, we are orchestrating a round of #GlobalApplause to recognize all volunteers everywhere and the contribution they make. While “giving volunteers a hand”, we also encourage everyone who has not yet volunteered to join in and take part!


What is the International Volunteer Day (IVD) and what role does UNV play?

The International Volunteer Day (IVD), on December 5th, was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to coordinate IVD.

IVD is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values, and to promote their work amongst their communities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and United Nations agencies, government authorities, and the private sector.

IVD recognizes volunteers worldwide and their contributions to sustainable development.  In 2012, in response to evolving experiences and recommendations, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme spearheaded a Five Year IVD Strategy, with the aim to make IVD a more globally recognized and grassroots ‘owned’ international day.

UNV actively promotes the value and global recognition of volunteerism.

International Volunteer Day celebrates the power and potential of volunteerism.

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