Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in addressing development challenges.

Volunteering for sustainable development: strengthening accountability of the post-2015 framework through citizen engagement

UNV side event at HLPF 3 July 2014On 3 July 2014, UNV hosted a side event to the 2nd meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development on "Volunteer Action Counts for Sustainable Development: How to strengthen accountability of the post-2015 framework through citizen engagement". The event was organized in collaboration with VSO and IAVE, who participated together with a national UN volunteer from Haiti, and the Youth Volunteering Focal Point for Colombia Joven, a Presidential Programme of Colombia.

The discussion concerned measures to integrate volunteerism as a form of civic engagement at local level in the new sustainable development framework, and explored opportunities to strengthen its overall accountability through enhanced multi-stakeholder partnerships at national level.

Side event flyer and concept note - Twitter: #volunteerism #post2015 #HLPF

Civil society's views on the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda presented to Member States

CSO PartnershipsOn Monday 30 June, UNV and the other co-leads of the UNDG Dialogue on Partnerships with Civil Society presented to Member States a synthesis of the feedback provided by civil society on the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

Key messages indicate that the means of implementation of the new sustainable development agenda should:

  1. ensure that partnerships are fully inclusive and participatory, moving beyond consultations to comprehensive engagement;
  2. mandate economic, social and environmental safeguards in partnerships;
  3. expand the concept of public-private partnership to embrace cooperatives and social and solidarity economy enterprises.

Open letter to Member States on volunteering and the SDGs

The Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group has circulated an open letter to UN Member States in view of the next session of the Open Working Group (OWG) starting today in New York.

The letter states that volunteering is a complementary means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that enhances the accountability of the new framework. It also calls for the recognition of volunteer groups in development cooperation, and advocates for the inclusion of participation and citizen-led engagement in the goal, target and indicator structure.

UNDG Dialogues: contribute to the e-discussion on Partnerships with Civil Society!

CSO PartnershipsThe co-leads of the Dialogue on Partnerships with Civil Society on the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda (UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service, UN Millennium Campaign, UN Population Fund and UN Volunteers Programme) have launched a series of questions to focus the contributions to the global e-discussion which is taking place at http://www.worldwewant2015.org/civilsociety2015 until 25 July.

Consolidating recognition of volunteerism in the post-2015 agenda

UNV-KAZ-Youth-Workshop 20131122 116 w200UNV’s contribution to the just-released CIVICUS 2014 State of civil society report deals with “Volunteerism, civic engagement and the post 2015 agenda”. It focuses on what civil society, intergovernmental organizations and volunteer groups can do to consolidate the integration of volunteerism in the different thematic areas and implementation mechanisms of the post-2015 framework.

Forum volunteer network input to the High Level event on human rights and the rule of law in the post-2015 agenda (9-10 June 2014)

On the occasion of the High Level event of the UN General Assembly on "Contribution of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda", taking place in New York, the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) supports the recognition of the added value of volunteerism in implementing these aspects of the post-2015 agenda.

Forum is the global network for international volunteering in development, a global movement of volunteers working for a just world. Forum is also a member of the Task Force of volunteer groups that was established in September 2013 to scale up efforts to integrate volunteerism more systematically as an enabling factor for the implementation of the post-2015 agenda.

In particular, Forum recommends that "the UN General Assembly explicitly acknowledges the value and benefit of volunteer programs as they leverage expertise, resources and networks to address the Rule of Law and human rights issues."

Read the Forum input to the High Level event of the UN General Assembly on "Contribution of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda"

MY World Global Week of Action: Vote for a better world, volunteer to make it happen

National UN Volunteer Jonasson David trains volunteers from national organization Volunteers for Haitian Development (Volontariat pour le Développement d’Haïti - VDH) on the offline rollout of the MY World surveyTo support the MY World Global Week of Action (5-11 May), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme collaborated with local partners to engage people in voting for their development priorities and getting involved through volunteering. 

MY World is the UN global survey asking people to choose their priorities for a better world. The Week aimed at collecting additional votes to increase the relevance of voices from around the world that inform global decision-makers in the formulation of the new development agenda.

UN Volunteers and partner organizations reached out to people - especially youth at schools, universities, local communities and events - to involve them in participating to shape the post-2015 agenda. Awareness raising and voting are the first steps towards actively participating today to define the new agenda, and monitoring its implementation tomorrow as a new form of citizen-state accountability.

During the Global Week of Action, UN Volunteers collected over 6000 votes in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Peru and Sudan. Further initiatives are ongoing and planned in these and other countries. In 2013, UNV collected over 45,000 votes directly, and thousands more indirectly through local partners.

View full photo gallery of volunteer initiatives for the MY World Global Week of Action

Have your say at the UN - Vote for your priorities

  

National UN Volunteer Jonasson David trains fellows from Volunteers for Haitian Development
(Volontariat pour le Développement d’Haïti - VDH) on the offline rollout of the MY World survey

Volunteers engage Bhutanese people in having their say at the UN through the MY World survey

BHUTAN-youth-voting May14 w200Nearly 800 people voiced out what matters most to them by voting in the global MY World survey at the Tarayana Fair in Thimphu, Bhutan on 2-4 May. UNDP Bhutan and UNV, in cooperation with the Tarayana Foundation, organized a voting session as part of the MY World Global Week of Action, aiming to collect 500,000 votes from around the world. They mobilized volunteer students from YHS Tarayana School Club to engage people in expressing their views through paper ballots at the MY World tent.