MASERU – While the whole world commemorates United Nation Volunteers Day on December 05, the Lesotho branch joined the whole world in commemorating ‘UN International Volunteers Day’ (IVD) on Tuesday this week at UN House in Maseru.
UN Lesotho’s theme for this year was ‘Volunteer for an Inclusive Future’.
International Volunteers Day, started by United Nations 34 years ago on December 05 for the purpose of acknowledging the effort, contributions and achievements of volunteers in different organisations and communities around the world.
In his remarks during the commemoration of UN International Volunteers Day in Lesotho the UN Resident Coordinator in Lesotho Salvator Niyonzima said in this year’s theme they are going to align themselves with highlight of the political forum on the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) that took place in July this year in New York.
He said the theme is: “Empowering of people and insuring inclusiveness and equality, empowering of people, children inclusiveness and equality for all.
“We are gathered here today to celebrate United Nation International Volunteers Day, normally IVD is commemorated globally on December 05, but this year that day was celebrated by United States of America Peace Corps in Lesotho in the outskirts of Maseru therefore most of us were not available to make it successful.
“This theme pays tribute to volunteerism and the empowerment of people’s to participate in their own communities, inclusiveness to promote diversity and non-discrimination and volunteerism as a mechanism to reduce inequality for the society,” he said.
Niyonzima further said, the IVD highlights the power of volunteering and it does recognises volunteer’s contributions to SDGs specifically SDG number 10 which is to reduce inequality.
“This year’s theme remind us that volunteering provides opportunities to people particularly those who are often excluded, that is the ones who are always left behind, but through volunteerism we have the possibility to create social bonds and give them a voice to vulnerable groups leaving no one behind,” he concluded.
Speaking at the same occasion, one of the UN volunteer Lesotho Thabiso Ntoanyane said volunteerism is the act of humanitarian, meaning someone volunteers to offer help without expecting anything in return.