The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme today announced the winners of the “Online Volunteering Award 2009”, honouring the ‘outstanding’ contributions of volunteers who work entirely over the internet to contribute to peace and development by helping non-profit development organizations.
Supporting ‘Volunteering for our Planet’, the UNV theme for International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December, a special award honoured the efforts of online volunteers to support community adaptation and innovation and help mitigate environmental issues.
Congratulating the winners, UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri commended the online volunteers’ outstanding contributions. “The purpose of this award is to recognize online volunteers’ contributions to peace and development, to showcase the many ways in which online volunteers can strengthen the capacities of development organizations and to demonstrate the difference volunteers can make to development projects by sharing their time, skills and expertise over the internet,” she said.
With a view to UNV’s theme for this year’s International Volunteer Day, Volunteering for our Planet, Ms. Pansieri emphasized that “online volunteering is a way to support development projects around the world in a carbon-neutral way”.