On Saturday, 5 December 2015, people around the globe will celebrate International Volunteer Day by rallying to support the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals, through initiatives ranging from a massive group hug in Brazil to an online selfie campaign. The Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by the General Assembly in September, aim to end extreme poverty in all its dimensions, irreversibly, everywhere, by 2030; fight inequality; and address climate change. This year’s International Volunteer Day (IVD) theme, “The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!” is challenging each and every one of us to be part of implementing the Goals.

“The actions of volunteers around the world are critical to ensure that the world’s next plan for ending poverty leaves no one behind,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers Programme. “When people volunteer their time, skills, and energy, they are addressing inequality, innovating, and working with a broad range of partners to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. Volunteers create spaces for people to engage, acquire voice, and contribute to saving the planet and humankind.”

On International Volunteer Day 2015, the UN Millennium Campaign would like to thank volunteers who showed how their #actioncounts for MY World – and from now on, for the Sustainable Development Goals!

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