The Plan of Action for integrating volunteering in the next decade and beyond

banner 20150922Upon request by UN General Assembly, the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) has developed a Plan of Action 2016-2030 to integrate volunteering in peace and development policies and programmes in the next decade and beyond. The Plan was acknowledged by the General Assembly through a Resolution on "Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond".

The Plan takes into account a variety of inputs and feedback, received from a wide range of stakeholders since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001 and particularly during its tenth anniversary in 2011 and beyond. Partners and stakeholders from across the world have been extensively consulted, offline and online, in 2014-15.

The Plan provides a frame through which civil society, the UN and other stakeholders can support and leverage the potential of volunteerism worldwide; it is built with a strategic and collective long-term approach that matches the period of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation.

Strategic objectives and actions

Evidence shows that when volunteerism is integrated into national development strategies and United Nations plans, people are increasingly able to contribute to achievements in education, health, governance, sustainable livelihoods, security and peace, environment, gender and social inclusion. The Plan of Action focuses on three strategic objectives:

  1. strengthen people's ownership of the post-2015 agenda through enhanced civic engagement and enabling environment for citizen action;
  2. integrating volunteerism into national and global strategies for the post-2015 development agenda; and
  3. measuring volunteerism to contribute to a holistic understanding of the engagement of people and their well-being and be part of the monitoring of the SDGs.

For each strategic objective, a number of actions are detailed. Further information is available in this presentation: Integrating volunteering in peace and development - The Plan of Action 2016-2030

Background: mandate by the UN General Assembly

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 Plan of Action is therefore part of the Secretary General Report A/70/118 (see chapter IV) about progress made with regards to the recognition and promotion, facilitation, networking and integration of volunteerism worldwide since 2012.

In November 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus a Resolution on "Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond", recognizing the role of volunteerism in the 2030 agenda and acknowledging the Plan of Action. The Resolution was co-facilitated by Brazil and Japan and counted one of the largest co-sponsorships at the Third Committee during the GA 70th session.