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

UNV in the global post-2015 process

Over the past decade, UNV engaged in a global effort for the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism. The experience gained towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) shows that volunteering, beyond providing material support, is a way to engage people from bottom up to durably change people's attitudes and mindsets.

At a time of developing a new framework for global development goals after 2015, volunteerism was increasingly recognized as a form of civic engagement providing a key complementary mechanism for social, economic and environmental transformation. In this context and beyond, UNV has been aiming at further integrating volunteerism into national and global plans, policies and strategies

UNV supported the global aspiration to build a sustainable, people-centred post-2015 agenda by

  • advocating at national and international level for positioning volunteerism in the post-2015 agenda;
  • providing inputs from a volunteer perspective to UN mechanisms involved in the development of the new agenda, and developing UNV thematic inputs;
  • advocating at national and international level for opening spaces for civil society to participate in post-2015 decision-making and UN processes, in collaboration with volunteer groups.

UNV was a member of several UN mechanisms that supported the development of the 2030 agenda