Volunteerism can help countries meet socioeconomic goals, Annan says
The practice, whether “on the ground in communities, or online at home, enables ordinary people to perform extraordinary tasks,” he said. “Such contributions are vital, whether one is working to eradicate poverty, hunger, disease and illiteracy, or struggling to protect the global environment and safeguard women against discrimination and violence.”
He said the strength of volunteerism lies in its universality. “All that is needed is a willingness to share time, a skill, or a good idea.”
He urged governments and civil society alike to “create more opportunities for people to volunteer.”
Every year some 5,000 UN volunteers from more than 150 different nationalities actively support the work of the UN.
To examine the role of volunteerism in development, Pakistan is scheduled to host the first UN system conference on volunteerimg and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from Sunday to Tuesday this week.
Experts from around the world with diverse backgrounds in development and volunteerism will share views and discuss actions to increase volunteer contributions to global anti-poverty goals, according to conference organizers.