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

The power of ENGAGEMENT: volunteerism and disaster risk reduction in view of the post-2015 agenda

WCDRR-UNV-poster-A5 webWHEN:  16 March 2015, 17:00-20:00 hrs 
WHERE: Tohoku University A205, Sendai, Japan

A UNV side event at the World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)

Volunteerism is a fundamental source of community strength and resilience that exists in all societies throughout the world. The role of volunteerism, in general, and mobilizing and managing volunteers, in particular, are important components of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas.

This event aimed to highlight the significance of volunteering for disaster risk reduction, and to propose ways to further strengthen national, regional and global volunteer Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes that contribute to the post-2015 framework for DRR and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Statement of the Executive Coordinator of UNV, Richard Dictus, at the 6th Plenary Meeting of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan

Three UN Volunteers shared their direct experience during the event: