International Volunteer Day celebrations

Young volunteers clean up public areas in Tunisia, during the Caravan of Volunteerism (by Lotfi Ghariani/UNV 2013)

Date: 5 December 2013
Location: Egypt, Jordan,Morocco,Tunisia,Yemen

On International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2013, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets – but pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. For IVD 2013 we celebrate globally that young people act as the agents of change in their communities. On 5 December, 2013 join us in recognizing all volunteers' commitment and applaud hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make the world a better place.

In the Arab region, the spirit of volunteerism is very present, thanks to the energy of millions of young people who want to make a difference. Through the regional project Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future, the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme aims to support youth to effectively engage in the development processes of their countries through volunteerism.

For this, and in celebration of this important day, the following activities will be taking place in the project’s target countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen:


Cairo will be the setting for the country’s celebration of youth volunteers. With the participation of UNDP Egypt, UNWomen, Plan International, Vodafone Egypt and Microsoft, an open day will be organized in the emblematic Cairo Opera House. The event will be opened by UN Resident Coordinator, Anita Nirody, and invites all those interested to join the celebration.

Description: Open day on volunteerism; opening ceremony with the participation of the UN Resident Coordinator; volunteer-involving organizations volunteer fair; and presentation of volunteer success stories in Egypt.
Date & Time: 12 December, 2013
Place: Cairo Opera House in Zamalek (Cairo)


Exciting events are planned for Jordan, with music artists such as Ahmad Farah, Random House or Blues O’Bantaloon setting the mood. This year’s Youth Volunteer Summer Camp in Jordan gathered a group of very motivated young volunteers, who will also be participating in this day’s youth debate, organized with the support of the British Council. Music, film screenings and entertainment, including a special contribution by Jordanian musician Tareq Al Nasser. More details are available here.

Description: Exhibition of “Youth Initiatives”; music performances by Ahmad Farah, Blues O’Bantaloon and Random House; organized debate on volunteerism; screening of short films on volunteering in Jordan.
Date & Time: 5 December, 2013. 15:00 – 21:00 (local time)
Place: Ras Al Ain Center (Amman)


Morocco is reaching out to the youth on this IVD through the University Mohammed V Souissi, in Rabat. An organizations fair will be prepared in the university premises, with the participations of dozens of volunteer-involving associations from across the country. Entertainment is guaranteed, with a “wall of volunteerism” waiting to be decorated by whoever wants to join! The agenda is available here.

: Volunteer-involving organizations fair; photo exhibition by Jeremie Lusseau on volunteer engagement; workshops on volunteerism; creation of an “artistic wall” of volunteerism, open to the public.
Date & Time
: 5 December,2013. 10 :00 – 17:00 (local time)
: Université Mohammed V Souissi, Avenue Abdellah Regragui  (Rabat).


Only a few weeks after the arrival of the Caravan of Volunteerism to Tunis, UNV Tunisia is presenting a photographic exhibition showing the two weeks of volunteerism and awareness-raising across the country. This is the opportunity to see what young Tunisians are capable of! The day will also be marked by the show of Tunisian musician Yasser Jradi. More information available here.

: Photo exhibition of the Caravan of Volunteerism, which took place in November 2013; screening of short film on Caravan; concert by Tunisian artist Yasser Jradi
Date & Time
: 5 December, 2013. 16:00 (local time)
Maison de la Culture Ibn Rachiq, 20 Avenue de Paris (Tunis)


After a very successful International Youth Day celebrated in Sana’a, Yemen will stay up to the standard with this year’s IVD. Al Bustan hotel will be the setting for a variety of activities, ranging from a symposium on volunteer work in the country, to music and theatre exhibitions. The event is open to the public, and further information is available on the UNV Yemen Facebook page.

An open day will be held, including: a volunteer exhibition; music and theater activities; planting campaign; wall drawing campaign; symposium on volunteer work in Yemen.           
Date & Time:
5 December, 2013
Al Bustan Hotel (Sana’a)

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