Nili Majumder (@NiliMajumder)@UNV_Sudan :Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer! #UN #Volunteers #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/LSZVUvpZoP via @UNVolunteers
Burhan Idris JikonYes! I will take the challenge to volunteer in anything to contribute in the making the world a better PLACE!
YouLeadNigeria (@YouLeadNigeria)Volunteers presenting a stage play at the occasion @CusoIntl #cusoivd2015 #ivd2015selfie #actioncounts t.co/BtomYiffcB
Action Counts (@ActionCounts)Volunteer #actioncounts in Uzbekistan! #GlobalGoals also count. For you? Have your say, join #IVD2015selfie t.co/14k51QvRR0
Action Counts (@ActionCounts)Join us and @UNVSriLanka in promoting the #IVD2015selfie campaign! #IVD2015 is tomorrow! t.co/5CNePDNXrL
UNV Sudan (@UNV_Sudan)#IVD2015Selfie Campaign, here we go! Upload your picture on our hashtag #IVD2015Selfie t.co/PIjNJFlCJa
- I support IVD 2015 whole heartedly! Volunteerism is priceless, it not only contributes to the cause but it helps people build relationships that are long lasting.
Pitah Mawira jobs (@pitah_m)#IVD2015selfie. Impacting on World Disability Day. t.co/RLryroTkoT
sushma M V (@Khushi856)#IVD2015selfie t.co/QbhUKeXOrn
Grupa Kobra (@GrupaKobra)Uživo sa #IVD2015 Celebrating volunteerism #IVD2015selfie #IVD2015Serbia #mladisuzakon #volontiranje t.co/FZm2IlvLak
Ganetsang MpuisangVolunterism transcends boundaries and cultures. With volunteerism we unite nations and touch lives. We change lives and empower nations. Helping hand enriching hearts.....we bring hope to the hopeless
- Word has power. If we keep repeating it, it will be "real".
VolunteersKL (@volunteersKL)"The quality of our life will be determined by the quality of our contribution" Saifullah #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/h6opQbAcfC
UNVColombia (@UNVColombia)@UNVColombia celebra el #IVD2015 junto a @InkaMattila @PnudColombia y se une a la campaña #IVD2015selfie t.co/STDw0mLwBJ
Mauro Puzzo”I am both humbled and honored to be able to volunteer, to be a part of an effort that enables even the most vulnerable people to gain access to justice. While what we are individually doing can seem so small we must not forget that — as the saying common to so many cultures goes — it’s the small drops that make the mighty ocean.” Mauro Puzzo (Italy), UN Youth Volunteer Legal Officer in the Gambia
KARUGA (@karugakevin)I #LeadChange by volunteering for peace. #IVD2015Selfie #IVDKE2015 t.co/CccyF7mDbD
- By our actions towards students and orphans we are trying to contribute to education and poverty eradication at our level in Uganda. We have the chance to meet wonderful children. Our impact may be little but every action counts. Volunteer! #UNVUganda #IVD
The First Tee (@TheFirstTee)Thanks to participants from @TheFirstTeeNF who volunteered on internat'l #VolunteerDay! #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/8pJYQ094A4
- Happy Volunteer Day in Advance, for all the volunteers around the world, and thank you all for what we've done this year, all the work and the effort the touched our hearts and made us happy, we gained a lot of experience by volunteering everyday in our friendly healthy environment cities, we look forward to volunteering more and working towards a better world. Our land is green - Kuwait Volunteering Center Fuad Aljumah
Volunteer Programs (@Vpbali2)Celebrating International Volunteers Day at #vpbali. #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/Cjaaf012tg
- YES, I am ready to change and ready to meet the challenges of big changes. I am committed to work for peace in the world and the happiness of humans. I wish the world a better place and that the equality and the human rights are respected all over the planet. UNV Ivory Coast -City of Abidjan
Margaret DeFazioFriendly visitor at Cornerstone Housing for Women, in Ottawa. Everyone needs friendly and fun interactions in their day. I try to provide a fun, caring and supportive visit for the women who need a friendly face. It is usually MY best day of the week, learning from and being cared about by these resilient women.
- We raise our voice until the day we see "the world we want"!
UNDP Mongolia (@UNDPMongolia)
Ana M. CeperoVoluntariado es la oportundad de ser y hacer comunidad. Estamos diseñados para vivir en colaboración. El voluntariado además nos permite crecer como seres humanos y como profesionales. Junto a otros, he podido contagiar la relevancia de ser voluntarios en proyecto de: alcance comunitario, misiones, artes y juventud. Por que las acciones cuentan, hoy saludo y honro a quienes como yo son fuerza en el lugar donde les ha tocado estar y en aquellos a los cuales se han movilizado.
Maroo7a (@Mara7__jo)مجموعات من المتطوعين يقومون بمناقشة قضايا مختلفة حول التطوع بيوم التطوع العالمي #actioncounts #IVD2015selfie t.co/B8GUmDl3g3
UNV BonnI support the SDGs! Happy International Volunteer Day from Bonn. #actioncounts
UNV team BangkokInternational Volunteer Day #IVD2015 is a day to recognize & celebrate volunteers around the world on 5 December & everyday #actioncounts We volunteer for Disaster Risk Reduction, Youth, and Social Services in Asia. Are you? Volunteer!!
HFH South Africa (@HFHSouthAfrica)We love volunteers! Here's a favorite #IVD2015selfie from our Nelson Mandela build. #IVD2015 #hardhats t.co/YQg0YOTg5y
Rashid Mehmood KhanI have the honor to start a volunteer youth group back in 2009, in Pakistan, that is now become a registered, youth lead, and non-governmental organization. I truly believe in the spirit of volunteerism.
- Being a volunteer means being one of the strategic players in partnership capacity building process around the globe, with a special taste of effort, different from the waged job. Being a volunteer, is a purification of the humanbeing spirit toward a noble goal which is peace for development and rooted equality for all.
Uygun ShadikhodjaevYour world is changing. Are you? Volunteer. #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie
Voluntarios VerdesVoluntarios Verdes es un proyecto de voluntariado orientado principalmente a jóvenes, buscamos posicionar al joven como actor social que a través del voluntariado done su tiempo, talento y trabajo contribuyendo como una generación responsable con el ambiente. Voluntarios Verdes busca a través de sus diversos programas; crear un equipo de voluntariado ambiental juvenil que permita ser un espacio de formación en la acción, empoderamiento y construcción de ciudadanía en relación a temas sustentantes. El Día Internacional de los Voluntarios 2015 es una oportunidad para felicitar a los voluntarios que colaboraron en los diferentes programas de Voluntarios Verdes durante el año.
- Happy International Volunteer Day 2015!
Khalid Javed Choudhry”I look at them, particularly the families that have lost loved ones due to Ebola, and find in them the energy to work even harder. I am hoping these people can return to a normal life very soon.” Khalid Javed Choudhry (Pakistan), UN Volunteer Field Crisis Manager in Sierra Leone
- I have most awarness in education area, because when I was a child I couldn't get a good education, as the tuition to get it was expensive. So, right now, I try to give free education to the children around my house. I started to build a little school inside my house and find donations to provide the children with books and stationary.
Nili Majumder (@NiliMajumder)@UNVSriLanka We volunteer4 #GlobalGoals in #lka !R u volunteering2mk a diff?#IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/xMiPHnNKBh v @UNVolunteers
The Peoples' Voices Award Ceremony
WHEN: 25 September 2015
WHERE: New York, USA
An event organized by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), a strategic partner of UNV, to celebrate the launch of the 2030 agenda and announce the winners of the Peoples' Voices Awards.
Right after the adoption of the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) hosted a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York, USA, to celebrate the launch of the new inclusive framework and announce the winners of the Peoples' Voices Awards.
The Awards are part of the Peoples’ Voices Challenge, a pioneer initiative to incentivise and recognize the efforts of peoples and stakeholders around the world who contributed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define the new development agenda. This initiative is led by the UNMC in collaboration with the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme and other strategic partners.
People’s engagement, including through volunteerism, is crucial for a successful implementation of the 2030 agenda, which needs to be landed and localized to be inclusive and owned by people all over the world.
Volunteerism: measuring global impact II
WHEN: 16-17 June 2015
WHERE: Nairobi, Kenya
A joint workshop of UNV and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to develop a strong evidence base to support the role of volunteerism in peace and development.
Representatives of volunteer-involving organizations and academics/researchers discussed a common agenda to increase research and evidence that captures and measures the contribution that volunteers bring to peace and development, especially in regions such as the global South. Such a narrative is especially relevant to inform discussions related to the implementation and monitoring of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Participants shared practices, knowledge and understanding of measuring volunteer contributions to development based on different modalities of volunteering (e.g., corporate, online, community, and youth) as a first step towards identifying global indicators that could be used to measure volunteering and its impact.
The workshop generated ideas to deepen innovation and research on the measurement of volunteerism, as well as on the ways different stakeholders can combine their efforts and resources to undertake research, evidence-building and development of a global volunteer research agenda.
The Nairobi workshop follows up on a previous one jointly hosted by the US Peace Corps and UNV in Washington D.C. on 30-31 March, with a specific focus on gathering perspectives from participants from the global south.
Leveraging volunteerism for global impact
WHEN: 30 March-1 April 2015
WHERE: Washington, D.C., USA
A joint initiative of the U.S. Peace Corps and UNV to develop a strong evidence base to support the role of volunteerism in peace and development.
This initiative aimed to explore global indicators that can inform a universal results-based narrative to help measure and capture the contribution that volunteers bring to development. Such a narrative is especially relevant to inform monitoring discussions related to the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
Workshop outcome document: Getting to impact: measuring volunteer contribution
30–31 March - Workshop on Volunteerism: measuring global impact
Volunteer-involving organizations shared practices, knowledge and understanding of measuring volunteer contributions to development based on different modalities of volunteering (e.g., corporate, online, community, and youth). This was the first step towards identifying global indicators that could be used to measure volunteering and its impact.
The workshop generated ideas to deepen innovation and research on the measurement of volunteerism, as well as on the ways different stakeholders can combine their efforts and resources to undertake research and other evidence-building activities.
1 April – Conference on Leveraging volunteerism for global impact
High-level public officials, institutional leaders and policy experts gathered to convene, inform and connect domestic and international thought leaders and policy experts with a view to build support for the role of volunteer service in achieving the sustainable development goals.
They also informed and supported a wider practice of international volunteer service as a relevant and effective tool for global development with the U.S. government and other global policy-makers.
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The power of volunteerism as a cross-cutting means of implementation
WHEN: 22 April 2015, 13:15-14:30 hrs
WHERE: Conference Room 9, UN headquarters, New York, USA
CUSO International, the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (FORUM), the UN Volunteers programme (UNV) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), part of the post-2015 Volunteering Working Group, co-organized this side event to explore the contribution that volunteerism makes to sustainable development, and how the means of implementation of the post-2015 framework can recognise, support and maximise this contribution. Participants included representatives from Volunteer-involving organizations (ViOs), UN agencies and Member States. (Flyer)
The event took place during the April session of the post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (New York, 21-25 April 2015), which focused on the means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda and the global partnership for sustainable development.
Highlights from the event
- Volunteerism should be a crucial component of the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17. Goal 17 ("Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development") currently covers issues relating to finance, technology, capacity building, trade, systemic issues, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and data, monitoring and accountability.
- ViO panelists called for shaping the means of implementation component in a way that looks beyond financial and technological means and also includes people-centred approaches. ViOs also agreed to produce a shadow report presenting examples of impact of the contribution of volunteers towards development outcomes as expressed in the SDGs.
- Ambassador Hiroshi Minami, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, stated that he saw three possible opportunities for volunteerism to fit in final post-2015 agenda, namely in the Declaration (although volunteerism may not be specifically mentioned since the Declaration is envisaged to be short); in the Means of Implementation section; and in the Global partnerships section, since volunteers should have an important role as stakeholders of global partnerships. Mr. Tim Mawe, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, also reaffirmed that volunteers will play a major role in the implementation of the SDGs and that the role of volunteers should be enhanced.
Data at the lowest possible level: measuring volunteerism
WHEN: 5 March 2015, 1.15 – 2.30 pm
WHERE: Conference Room 1 (CB), UN headquarters, New York, USA
Discussions related to measuring and monitoring the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) are calling for a "data revolution." There is agreement that national data used to track MDG progress was inadequate, insufficiently reporting on inequalities and exclusion. That is, national statistical offices need to go beyond national level aggregates. Instead the call is for collecting disaggregated data "at the lowest possible level."
This UNV side event addressed the relevance of volunteerism to monitoring SDG progress. Panelists from ILO, academia, youth, and the UNDP Human Development Report Office discussed how:
- volunteers can support data generation through community engagement and use of new media. This is also a means to ensure inclusion by engaging marginalized groups, such as youth;
- disaggregated data at the lowest levels is already being gathered measuring volunteer participation through existing volunteer measurement/research methodologies. Measuring volunteer work could be included in decent work indicators. With agreement and capacities, existing volunteer measurement/research methodology could generate comparable data on volunteerism disaggregated by activity, area of focus, and demography which can be used as a measure of participation and inclusion for the purpose of SDG reporting.
In this year’s IVD campaign you will see questions such as “Are you part of the change?”, “Will you take the challenge?“, “Are you ready?” and their answers, as thousands of individuals show how their volunteering is making a contribution and bring to light how volunteering is invaluable in making the world a better place.
Join us by posting your selfie here or on social media tagged with #IVD2015selfie and stories before and on 5 December 2015, filling the map to show how volunteering makes the difference in the Global Goals..
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
“As we seek to build capacities and to help the new agenda to take root, volunteerism can be another powerful and cross-cutting means of implementation. Volunteerism can help to expand and mobilize constituencies and to engage people in national planning and implementation for sustainable development goals. And volunteer groups can help to localize the new agenda by providing new areas of interaction between Governments and people for concrete and scalable actions.”
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