Integrating volunteering in the next decade and beyond
In 2012, the UN General Assembly requested "the Secretary-General to [present] a plan of action to be developed by the United Nations Volunteers programme to integrate volunteering in peace and development in the next decade and beyond [...]." (Resolution A/Res/67/138).
The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) has therefore developed a Plan of Action that integrates volunteering in policies and programmes through a more purposeful, strategic and collective long-term approach. Based on the improved recognition of volunteerism and on the continuing need to better acknowledge its essential contributions, the Plan identifies three strategic objectives:
- strengthening ownership of the post-2015 agenda through enhanced civic engagement and widening the enabling environment for citizen action;
- integrating volunteerism into national and global strategies for the new development agenda; and
- measuring volunteerism to improve the knowledge about people's engagement and well-being and as part of the monitoring of the sustainable development goals.
The proposed Plan is part of the Secretary-General report on progress on volunteerism for the period 2012-15, which will be discussed by the UN General Assembly in December 2015.
This Plan has taken into account a variety of input and feedback received from a wide range of stakeholders since the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) in 2001 and particularly during its tenth anniversary in 2011 and beyond. Partners and stakeholders from across the world have been extensively consulted, both online and onsite, in 2014-15.