International Volunteer Day, which the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Field Unit Turkey and the volunteer organizations celebrated on December 5 every year, took place on December 7 at the Ministry of Youth and Sports. This year’s celebrations began with the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018 Turkey Launch.
This special day was celebrated with the theme of “Volunteers Build Resilient Communities“
UNV Field Unit Turkey collaborated with Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, AFAD, Turkish National Agency, Başkent University, National Volunteer Committee, and particularly with Ministry of Youth and Sports to draw attention to the concept of volunteers and volunteerism.
Event started with the opening speeches of Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services Ayşe Kardaş Ergezen and UNFPA Representative and UN Resident Coordinator ad interim Karl Kulessa, afterwards event continued with UNV Headquarters Chief of External Relations and Communications Section Alexandra Solovieva’s presentation on State of World’s Volunteerism Report 2018 and later on the panel started with the attendance of representatives from different counterpart groups.
UNV, UN representatives, Government Representatives, NGOs and private sector representatives had a chance to transfer their ideas on the idea of volunteerism and also to share their thoughts about ongoing projects about volunteerism
2019 has been announced as the Year of Volunteerism
One of the most remarkable outputs of the event was the announcement of the year 2019 will be the Year of Volunteerism by the Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Mehmet Muharrem Kasapoğlu. The decision of the Volunteer Summit to be held in 2019 was also crowned with this announcement.
Volunteerism For All Age Groups
“Senior Volunteerism and Intergeneration Project: UNV – Başkent University Senior & Intergeneration Volunteerism” Project was initiated with the presence of young volunteers coming all around the country which took place in the Başkent University and contribution certificates were presented to the people who worked on the project by the Başkent University’s president Prof. Dr. Ali Haberal. Afterwards the volunteering opportunities for citizens over age 65 and the importance of inter-generational volunteer work done by the young people were emphasized together with the Turkey’s and the World’s best practice examples.