“Volunteering for the MDGs” Public Service Announcement

15 Apr 2011

The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by the vast majority of countries and world leading development institutions.

They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world poorest and the hope for a more equitable and sustainable society. Countless volunteers and volunteer organizations are devoting their efforts and ingenuity to achieve the MDGs, inspiring more people to participate.

The “Strengthening Volunteerism for Development in China through the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games” project is a partnership between Beijing Youth League (BYL), Beijing Volunteer Federation (BVF), China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Volunteers Program (UNV), with the aim to increase the impact of volunteerism in China and raise awareness of the contribution that volunteers can make towards the MDGs and sustainable development. 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) and the Project produced a special Public Service Announcement (PSA) to celebrate this special time, honor all the volunteers contributing towards the MDGs and call for more people in Beijing, in the whole of China and anywhere else, to join the effort.

We hope this PSA will help you to understand the MDGs and volunteerism, and that you will respond to our call to contribute to a better world. Volunteer now!