International Volunteer Day 2012
5th of December was set as the International Volunteer Day by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. The theme for 2012 is ‘Celebrate Volunteering!’. International Volunteer Day offers an opportunity for volunteer organizations and individual volunteers to make visible their contributions - at local, national and international levels. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) said on their website that ‘on IVD 2012, we celebrate our commitment and hope for a better world’. The Scout Movement, with its millions of volunteers from around the world, and with a Vision of ‘Creating a Better World’, has been contributing to this goal – everyday of its existence for over 105 years now. UN Secretary General, and a Scout, Ban ki-Moon said on the occasion, ‘I applaud all people who volunteer each year for the benefit of their communities’. Click on read more for the ‘International Volunteer Day 2012’ message from Luc Panissod, outgoing Secretary General of World Scouting.
Every day, millions of volunteers across the globe who are committed to the core values of Scouting contribute through their competencies, skills and resources, to make a big impact on the Scout Movement, despite everything – despite crises and conflicts, and despite many challenges we face in the world today – so that young people are empowered to make the world a better place.