Volunteer Day in Spain Date in the current year: September 8, 2024

Volunteer Day in Spain Volunteer Day (Día del Cooperante) is an annual observance celebrated in Spain on September 8. It was initiated by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo, AECID).

The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation was founded in 1988 under the auspices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain. Its main tasks are to design and implement development cooperation projects and programs, as well as to coordinate humanitarian work abroad. The agency largely relies on volunteers who apply their professional skills in the world’s most deprived regions.

Volunteer Day is celebrated on September 8 because on this day in 2000 the United Nations Millennium Declaration was adopted at the Millennium Summit held at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The declaration included the Millennium Development Goals: eradication of hunger and extreme poverty; universal primary education; gender equality and women’s empowerment; reduction of child mortality; improvement of maternal health; combat against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases; environmental sustainability; global partnership for development.

Volunteer Day in Spain is dedicated to Spanish volunteers who make an immense contribution to sustainable development and eradication of poverty in the most vulnerable regions of the planet. On September 8 each year, AECID publishes a report on the number and achievements of Spanish volunteers abroad.

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