PEOPLE need to renew their commitment to offering young people diverse and meaningful volunteer opportunities so they can become active and confident contributors to global change.
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon made this statement as the world marked International Volunteer Day yesterday.
"There are more than 1.2 billion youths in the world today with incredible potential to tackle challenges and act as agents of change," Mr Ban said.
"When young people volunteer, the opportunity provides them with valuable life and job skills; it strengthens their capacity to lead and become engaged in their communities and global society.
"They will continue to play a key role in accelerating our work for the Millennium Development Goals, combating climate change and shaping and implementing the post-2015 development agenda."
He said the work of volunteers around the world should be recognised for their contribution to peace and development.
"Volunteerism is a two-way street. Even as volunteers help generate positive change for others, their own lives are often transformed by the act of volunteering itself."
He especially conveyed gratitude to more than 1000 young UN volunteers who were supported the work of the UN for peace, sustainable development and human rights.