Work of volunteers applauded on International Volunteers Day

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The work done by millions of volunteers who help promote development and deliver assistance to people in need is being recognized on International Volunteer Day, observed on 5 December.

In his message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says volunteers are wherever struggling people need a helping hand: in war zones and classrooms, in hospitals and homes.

Mr. Ban says he is especially grateful to the United Nations Volunteers who support efforts to prevent conflict, help societies recover from fighting, promote sustainable development and assist in other crisis situations.

United Nations Volunteer spokesperson is Jennifer Stapper.

"Over 7,500 women and men commit their time and expertise every year as volunteers to join United Nations development projects and peacekeeping missions. These are in over 130 countries and most of them come themselves from developing countries. United Nations Volunteers UNV supports volunteers in the field and also supports and also advocates for the recognition of volunteers everywhere."

Duration:  27″

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the timeless act of volunteering in the service of others has taken on new dimensions in today's digital age.

He points out that anyone with an Internet connection or a mobile phone can make a difference.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration:  1’27″

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