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    4 December 2020

    The Secretary-General

    Message on International Volunteer Day

    5 December 2020

    Every year on 5 December, the world observes International Volunteer Day.

    This year, we are highlighting the important contributions of volunteers to the response
    to COVID-19.

    Around the world, volunteers have been assisting vulnerable groups, correcting misinformation, educating children, providing essential services to the elderly, and supporting front-line health workers. 

    As we gradually recover from the pandemic, volunteers will have a key role to play in accelerating the transition to green, inclusive and just economies.

    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.

    That is why, 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.

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