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Volunteerism builds resilient communities; equips people against natural disasters, political instability, economic shocks and other pressures: UN Chief
International Volunteer Day (IVD), December 5, is being observed by the UN Agencies, UN volunteers, NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, youth groups and social groups across the world with the theme "Volunteers build Resilient Communities".

On the occasion of the observance, UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, "The diverse and dynamic role of volunteerism in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals merits strong support from Governments and other stakeholders. On this International Day, I thank volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind."

Proclaimed by the UN, to IVD is observed with the aim 'to contribute to peace and development by advocating for the recognition of volunteers and working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming'.

According to the UN, this year, IVD celebrates volunteer efforts that strengthen local ownership and the resilience of the community in the face of natural disasters, economic stresses and political shocks.

In his message, the UN chief informs that there are approximately 1 billion volunteers across the globe, who dedicates their time, skills and passion to make the world a better place.

"They are often the first to act in moments of crisis. They create social bonds and give a voice to marginalized and vulnerable groups. And as the theme of this year's observance highlights, they help build resilient communities, equipping people against natural disasters, political instability, economic shocks and other pressures,"  he added in his message.

Here is ABC of volunteerism

A: Aim for serving humanity rather than being served

B: Be inspired by the tenet of lifting others

C: Create the kind of community you wish to live in without asking for returns

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