‘Together We Can Through Volunteering’ is the theme chosen for this year’s International Volunteer Day. This year, the world is celebrating 35 years from when the United Nations General Assembly declared 5th December as the day that celebrates volunteering.
UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres in his message for the occasion said, “On International Volunteer Day, I appeal to all governments to promote volunteering, support volunteer efforts and recognize volunteer contributions to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers deserve our heartfelt thanks.”
In a statement, Dr Anthony Abela Medici, Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, reminded the crucial work done within society by voluntary organisations and the numerous volunteers.
‘The Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations would like to extend its gratitude and thanks to all volunteers that offer their free time and skills with altruism towards the Maltese community’ the statement concluded.
Message from Un General Secretary
During this year various NGOs and volunteers offered valuable help within society. Volunteers have been assisting fighting the spread of Covid-19 in various ways, such as opening premises for frontliners to be hosted during the lockdown earlier this year.
The COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan by the WHO identifies community volunteers as key stakeholders for risk communication and community engagement. This indicates the valuable and great effort the WHO believes volunteers are doing during COVID-19.