FOCSIV celebrates this year the 26th edition of the International Volunteering Award, promoted since 1994 on the occasion of the International Volunteer Day, which takes place on December 5th. The award is a symbolic recognition that FOCSIV gives to those volunteers that stand out in their commitment to fight against all forms of poverty and exclusion, and that promote the dignity and rights of every person in the world.

Through the Award, that represents one of FOCSIV’s more significant institutional event, the intention is to re-launch the role and sense of international commitment of volunteers as subjects capable of building stories of peace and bridges of solidarity in an increasingly globalized and multi-ethnic society . In a scenario where the logic of fear and exclusion prevails always more, we want to offer volunteers the opportunity to live an experience of commitment to international solidarity, capable of creating a critical conscience that analyzes reality and helps to improve the future.

This year, two main categories of participant were defined. The International Volunteer category, in which commitment of Italians volunteers with long-term experience in international cooperation projects may participate and the Volunteers from the South category. The latter is reserved for volunteers from the rest of the world involved in cooperation and construction of social value in their country .

As a preferential criterion to be assessed, the commitment with integral human development, highlighted by Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato Sì, will be considered. In addition, the involvement of volunteers in reducing the impact of climate change in the most vulnerable countries will be positively evaluated, with the perspective of defending human rights and overcoming the structural causes of poverty.

Finally, in order to  promote the international and European youth volunteering experiences,  the winners of the Photo Contest"IGERSVOLUNTEERING IBO Italy Instagram Contest 2019"  will be awarded, a joint initiative by IBO Italy and the International Volunteer Award of FOCSIV. The winners of the medium-long category will be awarded, as well as those of the TERO Project Special Category –Territoires Engagés pour la Résilience des Oasis, open to all young people in Europe and the Maghreb countries interested and active on the topic of climate change.

The award ceremony will be held in Rome Saturday 30th of November.

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