Voluntarios Verdes (@VoluntarioVerde)¡Hoy es el Día Internacional de los Voluntarios! Felicitamos a todos los #voluntarios. #actioncounts #IVD2015selfie t.co/0hCukUzuIL
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
Blossom Trust (@BLOSSOMVNR)#IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie from Dayspring Home for TB&HIV affected children t.co/8Ks0KxYZ2j
UNV BonnWe are trying to make the world a better place! #actioncounts
- IVD in Ethiopia UNV Ethiopia team will go Addis Ababaorganize IVD celeblation in Dire Dawa(500km from Addis) on 5-6 December to advocacy volunteerism all around Ethiopia!! We will open IVD Awareness Raising Campaign by SMS 75,000 text messages!!
YouLeadNigeria (@YouLeadNigeria)Are you ready for the international volunteers day??? #IVD2015selfie #actioncounts #cusoivd2015 @CusoIntl @kwakaf t.co/bjJvn8mOsn
Helping Hand (@helpinghandge)We got our volunteers to tell us why they volunteer for #IVD2015. #IVD2015selfie #IVDgeorgia t.co/q0FpbRODMr
- Please raise your voice to change this world!
UN Volunteers in UNHCR TurkeyUN Volunteers in UNHCR Turkey are wishing a Happy International Volunteer Day!
- Volunteers based in Luganville, Santo, Vanuatu, celebrated International Volunteer Day with a picnic. Volunteers attending were from Australia, New Zealand and Japan, working in Health, Education, Tourism, Communications, Fisheries, and Agriculture.
Askal Tilahun”Volunteering at a refugee camp has helped me to grow on both a professional and personal level. I like the personal contact because this way, we try to make sure no one falls through the cracks. As much as I am here to serve others, I actually find that these women and everyone at the Dzaleka refugee camp are the true inspiration."Askal Tilahun (Ethiopia), UN Volunteer Associate Community Services Officer in Malawi”
Alex Omari (@alexomari1)I #LeadChange by providing Service to humanity #IVD2015Selfie #IVDKE2015 t.co/5iZUPvRBkZ
Jasmin and ElinaPromoting Environment and Social Inclusion in Serbia
UNAMI (@UNIraq)#Iraq: Happy International Volunteer Day from #FriendsofUNICEF volunteers in #Baghdad! #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie #NWNL t.co/pBy62SSZBJ
- Geoff Prewitt, Chief of the Development Programming Section (UNV Bonn) and Zelimir Mijic (UNV FU representative) participated in a number of events during the week of IVD in Bosnia and Herzegovina - both in Sarajevo and Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska. With UN Volunteer colleagues, we supported working with people with disabilities, street cleaning drives and other. We also participated in a wonderful volunteer gallery walk (Sarajevo) and Annual Volunteer Award Ceremony (Banja Luka). What a wonderful spirit of volunteerism that was shown - from all ages and genders and backgrounds - truly universal!
Vutia Marathon (@KhasinduVuvu)Running for Library in my community. #LeadChange #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie @OleItumbi @KRISTOFF_kenya Peace. t.co/ecp2nCfimM
- 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
Phu01b0u01a1ng u0110u1eb7ng“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” Stay hungry, stay foolish. I'm ready!
Enja Sæthren”Despite all my grief for the situation the earthquake has caused, I feel privileged to be here in Nepal, being able to make an impact.” Enja Sæthren (Norway), UN Youth Volunteer in Nepal
VNU El Salvador (@VNUElSalvador)Limpiando el Parque Cuscatlán en #ELSalvador con el @imj_ss y @GlasswingSV por el #DIV2015 #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/ao9RCmZVR3
- Supporting volunteerism and SDGs in Bonn!
Fundaciu00f3n Sattva5 de Diciembre. Día Internacional del Voluntario. Somos muchísimas personas que apoyamos la labor de #FundaciónSattva, aportando tiempo, talento, alegría y sobretodo amor y honor por el prójimo. En escuelas públicas compartimos Clases de Yoga, Promoción de Participación Ciudadana, Educación para La Paz, Desarrollo Humano, son algunas de las actividades con las que colaboramos para co.crear juntos un mundo mejor. #IVD2015selfie #actioncounts #FundaciónSattva
- 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
María Peña“I might just be one ordinary UN Volunteer but I’ve learnt everyone has a role to play and you never know how wide your positive impact can be. I got to see first-hand how our efforts empowered the local community with emergency response and resiliency knowledge.” María Peña (Dominican Republic), national UN Volunteer
M. Junaid AbbasiParticipated in UNV Design projects! @ActionCounts " inspiration in action " @JayShaz_Artist #IVD2015selfie Happy being part of @UNVolunteers
- At the Institute of War and Peace in Iraq, Baghdad: A UNV and UNAMI collaboration round-table discussion on volunteerism and the SDGs. There was also an award ceremony for the volunteers.
YouLeadNigeria (@YouLeadNigeria)#IVD2015selfie #cuso2015 #2031nigeria #actioncounts t.co/WKbNxmSuJc
Dominique Cristina Rivera Henru00edquez#BorrarFronteras #paradibujarsonrisas :)! Proyecto de Huertos de Autoconsumo Familiares, Comunitarios y Educativos en Honduras. Fundación América Solidaria ☼
Uygun ShadikhodjaevYour world is changing. Are you? Volunteer. #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie
JAY SHAZ (@JayShaz_Artist)
UNV Ukraine (@unvolunteersua)#IVD2015selfie t.co/4ai58n2t5G
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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