International Volunteer Day 2017 – celebrating volunteers’ contribution in times of crises

Belgrade, 5-December-2017 – The Red Cross of Serbia and the UN agencies in Serbia partnered up to jointly commemorate the International Volunteer Day under the global theme Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.  The event aimed at recognizing contribution of volunteers as first responders in times of crisis.

In this context, the Red Cross of Serbia and United Nations Volunteers in Serbia invited related multi-level stakeholders, including Red Cross volunteers and UN Volunteers, for a Joint Briefing session “Sharing Best Practices: Volunteerism in Times of Crisis”.

The event kicked-off with opening remarks by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia, Secretary General of the Serbian Red Cross and Head of Civil Protection Administration of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia.

Subsequently, the main part of the event featured two separate briefings sessions on the role of volunteerism on topics relating to the most pressing emergency situations in recent Serbian history including the 2014 floods and the 2015 migration situation. Selected volunteers from both UN agencies and the Red Cross relevant to the respective topic shared their experiences and insights from their work, thus presenting the audience with a diverse picture on how volunteers contributed to coping with recent humanitarian emergencies in Serbia.

 

About the International Volunteer Day

The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 Decembe

International Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to development at the local, national and international levels. By combining UN support with a grassroots mandate, International Volunteer Day is a unique opportunity for people and volunteer-involving organizations to work with government agencies, non-profit institutions, community groups, academia and the private sector.