International Volunteer Day (December 5) [fr]
The Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs is celebrating International Volunteer Day for the first time in France.
For the first time, it is hosting an event marking this occasion at the Ministerial Conference Center focused on volunteering for solidarity work; those participating include France Volontaires, a French association of international solidarity volunteers and an operator at the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and the Catholic Delegation for Cooperation. Established 50 years ago, the latter – with 450 volunteers mobilized annually – is the leading provider of volunteers for international solidarity work.
International Volunteer Day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1985, before volunteering was recognized in 2015 as “a powerful and cross-cutting means of implementing sustainable development goals.”
Through various mechanisms, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs allocates more than €17 million per year to supporting various forms of volunteerism. In 2016, it helped mobilize more than 3,500 volunteers, 70 % of them young people, to work in the fields of development and humanitarian action.