Saturday, February 27, 2021

UN’s tribute to volunteers’ contribution in creating a better world

By Muneer Shamee

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the challenges around the world. A volunteer is the most powerful social capital that any nation has. Being a volunteer is a matter of pride for an individual- a kind of social work which needs sincere dedication and utmost care as well as attention to those who deserve it. Some volunteers are part-time workers where as others are permanent workers who make changes happen to achieve noble results. None can beĀ  compared with their knowledge, skills and combined efforts of achieving peace, progress and prosperity of nations. On 5 December, the United Nations celebrate every year the International Volunteers Day. The International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 17 December, 1985.

International Day Volunteer Day is a chance for individual volunteer, communities and organisations to promote their wholesome development at local, national and international levels. International Volunteer Day encourages people or volunteer involved in social and noble work with government agencies, non-profitable institution, community groups or private sectors. Volunteering is the better idea to choose a career for the livelihood.

Why anyone wants to be a Volunteer ?

There are the several reasons for being a volunteer. The first reason is that it enables us to gain new skills, ability through practice or training. Volunteer allows you to work together with different groups of people. We can gain skills like organisation, time management, problem solving, leadership, presentation, teamwork, interpersonal communication, creative thinking etc. Volunteering gives a better chance of earning a higher salary and gaining a promotion for the salaried person. A person can venture out into the world of tireless work for work experience. A voluntary service can enable one to meet various persons and adventurous things around the world. Exploring the career options around the world.

Sir Archibald McIndoe has rightly pointed out that ” Skill is fine and genius is splendid but the right contacts are more valuable than either.” Volunteering enables confidence, self development and self-motivation. The more you volunteer the more we are valued, confidence in dealing with the person. Confidence can be gained easily when you perform anything before it. Achieving a sense of pride by volunteering can be rewarding- just to feel a sense of pride in any other way if there is any success in the programme or organisation. Most people whether in business or private life understands the importance of accessing the professional network. Volunteering helps to remain in contact with the important individual or group of people who have wealth of expertise that can take you where to go or attain.

On the eve of international Volunteer Day 2020 Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of United Nations (UNSG) had communicated deep- rooted message to the world highlighting the important contributions of volunteers to the response of COVID-19:

“Around the world volunteers have been assisting vulnerable groups, correcting misinformation, educating children, providing essential services to the elderly and supporting frontline health workers. As we gradually recover from pandemic, volunteers will have a key role to play in accelerating the transition to green, inclusive and just economics. Indeed, volunteering is the backbone of our societies. Often working with the United Nations, volunteers build a sense of togetherness. They strengthen social cohesion and they help to protect communities, especially by reaching those most at need. This is why, on International Volunteer Day, i appeal to all governments to promote volunteering, support volunteer efforts and recognise volunteer contributions to the achievements of the sustainable development goals.”

(Author is a columnist. The views expressed are personal opinion of the author. He can be reached at

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