Global Call for Action: International Year of Volunteers+10

The year 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001. Opportunities exist for activities throughout 2011 that will showcase the diversity, breadth and depth of volunteering, country by country, as well as worldwide.  IYV +10 offers the chance to raise the profile of volunteering and mobilize many more volunteers.

Based on the success of IYV in 2001, many countries, organizations, and networks, may have already launched planning activities for IYV +10.  The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is also planning its own engagement.  In order to maximize the impact of the ten year anniversary of IYV, it is essential to coordinate all efforts and to ensure activities are mutually supportive. Achievement of the expectations for marking IYV+10 will require both an early and comprehensive involvement of local, national, regional, and global stakeholders and a sustainable mechanism for such stakeholder involvement to enhance recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism. Citește în continuare

Mesajul Secretarului General al ONU cu ocazia Zilei Internaţionale a Voluntarilor, 05 decembrie

This month in Copenhagen world leaders have an unprecedented opportunity to reach an ambitious and equitable agreement on climate change.  On International Volunteer Day 2009, I would like to highlight the important role volunteers all over the world play in protecting our planet and advancing the important causes for which the United Nations works.

The recent “Seal the Deal” and “Volunteering for our Planet” campaigns are just the latest examples of how volunteers are helping to shape our world.  The decisions and actions of individuals may seem insignificant in the face of global challenges.  But when people choose to devote their time and energy they can, together, make a difference. Citește în continuare