World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Protecting The Planet On International Day

Ban Spotlights Role Of Volunteers In Protecting The Planet On International Day

New York, Dec 5 2009 1:10PM Marking International Volunteer Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today paid tribute to the key role that volunteers around the world play in protecting the planet, as world leaders prepare to gather at the climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, set to kick off next week.

"The decisions and actions of individuals may seem insignificant in the face of global messages," he said in a message for the Day. "But when people choose to devote their time and energy, they can, together, make a difference."

Mr. Ban pointed to the recent "Seal the Deal" and "Volunteering for our Planet" campaigns as examples of how volunteers are shaping the world.

"Volunteerism is a source of community strength, resilience, solidarity and social cohesion," he said, ranking it "among society's most vital assets."

The Secretary-General thanked volunteers worldwide, in particular the 8,0 00 UN Volunteers (UNV), who give their time to guard the environment and further the causes of peace and development.

He also recognized the two UNV volunteers who were killed in Afghanistan in October, as well as to all those who have lost their lives volunteering for the UN. "Their service and dedication to the United Nations will not be forgotten."


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Climate Change: Record Northern Heat, Fuels Concerns Over US Wildfire Destruction

More than 78,000 acres of forest in the Sierra mountains in California has been lost due to wildfires. Photo: San Francisco Fire Department The northern hemisphere experienced its warmest August ever, the World Meteorological Organization ( WMO ... More>>

UN: Guterres Condemns Killing Of Journalists, Following Beheading Of Mexican Crime Reporter

© UNESCO | International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. Following the gruesome death of a Mexican journalist specializing in crime reporting, who was found beheaded on Wednesday, UN chief António Guterres has issued a statement condemning ... More>>

UN: WHO Warns Against Potential Ebola Spread In DR Congo And Beyond

Ebola is spreading in a western province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), raising fears that the disease could reach neighbouring Republic of Congo and even the capital, Kinshasa, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ... More>>

WWF: Living Planet Report Reveals Average Two-Thirds Decline In Wildlife Populations Since 1970

According to WWF’s Living Planet Report 2020 released today, global populations* of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish have suffered an average two-thirds decline in less than half a century. The decline is due in large part to the very ... More>>