Volunteering for post-2015

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

Stakeholder engagement

NYmtg crop MG 9996 w350UNV facilitates post-2015-related stakeholder engagement as a means to support the development of a sustainable post-2015 agenda that recognizes and includes volunteer work. This means advocating for civil society to participate in decision-making and UN processes.

At the stakeholder meeting organized by UNV in September 2013, a Task Force of volunteer groups was established to scale up efforts to make volunteering more visible. This should ultimately translate in integrating volunteerism more systematically in the discussion about enabling factors for the implementation of the next set of internationally agreed development goals, including through related indicators to measure the achievements of some of the goals.

Task Force members include FORUM, CUSO, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts (WAGGGS), Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

This section is a common space hosting relevant materials from global and national ViOs and from the Task Force.

From stakeholders

From the United Nations

  • UNV's feedback to Open Working Group (OWG) Focus Areas document
  • UN-NGLS Post-2015 Primer #2 on the Open Working Group
    The primer provides in-depth information on the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including OWG members, explains the role of the UN Secretariat, and identifies opportunities for civil society and Major Group participation in the OWG process.

5 December, International Volunteer Day (IVD): join the Volunteering Task Force #proud2volunteer social media campaign!

The #proud2volunteer campaign is a universal show of support for active citizenship and volunteering for development through social media. Anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account can participate, read how:

  • Step 1: We are asking all organizations to change their Facebook and Twitter cover photos using the design file that says “that’s us!”  
    Download Facebook banner    Download Twitter banner
  • Step 2: Ask all of your volunteers, staff, partners and supporters to change their Facebook and Twitter photos. We can do this by email and social media, to help spread the word. Individuals should use the design file that says “that’s me!”
    Download Facebook banner    Download Twitter banner
  • Step 3: Join the conversation on Thursday 5 December with related posts/tweets, and don’t forget to remind people to show their support by updating their photos and sharing their stories!