United Nations Volunteers have been working together with the internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo in a campaign to show the world why volunteering matters:

This years International Volunteer Day is 5 December – a critical moment not only for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme but also for volunteering worldwide. The tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) will culminate with the UN General Assembly discussing volunteerism. UNV have chosen the theme Volunteering Matters because volunteers have the power to change lives.

In order to showcase examples of volunteer action, from every country in the world, UNV are inviting people, from today until 6 December to submit photos in response to weekly questions posted on their campaign webpage. The photo voted the most compelling by UNV Facebook fans will become the UNV Facebook profile picture for 2012 and on 7 December UNV will reveal a mosaic of your photos, to be a snapshot of our volunteering world.

UNV have also put together various promotional materials, which you can download here to help spread the message.