United Nations Open Days

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

27 - 28 October 2001, Geneva, Switzerland
United Nations


United Nations Geneva.


15,000 visitors came to the Palais des Nations.

Project details

UN agencies in Geneva will open their gates to the public on 27 to 28 October 2001. Under the theme Volunteers for Peace, this two-day Open Day event will feature the initiatives of Swiss volunteers and their counterparts within the UN system. Special events are planned for families --especially those with children-- in the grounds of the Palais des Nations. Participating organizations include UN agencies, programs and funds in Geneva as well as the Bonn-based United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program. Other participants include CERN and a large number of local and international volunteer organizations.

The year 2001 --proclaimed International Year of Volunteers (IYV 2001) by the United Nations-- provides a timely opportunity to highlight the achievements of millions of volunteers worldwide. The Year is also a platform for people to engage in volunteer activity. Over 100 national committees have been set up all over the world to implement the four objectives of the year: recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering.

Role of ICVolunteers

ICVolunteers recruited, trained and coordinated 150 volunteers for the UN Open Day.

Short Term Projects

ICVolunteers promotes volunteerism and its recognition, by enhancing civic commitment and involvement, and by providing leadership and links between organizations, individuals and communities. With this perspective, ICVolunteers develops projects and leads initiatives.

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