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

Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group

NYmtg crop MG 9996 w350To scale up efforts to make volunteering more visible, a task force of volunteer groups was established in 2013 following a stakeholder meeting organized by UNV and the IVCO Conference. The task force aimed to support a more systematic integration of volunteerism as an enabling factors for the implementation of the sustainable development goals, including through related indicators to measure the achievements of some of the goals.

In 2014, the task force evolved into the post-2015 Volunteer Working Group, whose members include Australian Volunteers International (AVI), FORUM, CUSO, Fredskorpset (FK Norway), France Volontaires, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), World Association of Girl Guides and Girls Scouts (WAGGGS), WorldTeach, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

To get in touch with the post-2015 Volunteer Working Group, please write to Mr Adjmal Dulloo ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

UNV facilitates stakeholder engagement towards a sustainable post-2015 agenda that recognizes and includes volunteer work. This section is a common space for UNV, global and national ViOs and the Working Group.

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The full set of documents from VIOs is available under Resources - From VIOs

Key documents

  • Paris Accord on Volunteering for Sustainable Development (October 2013)
    ViOs acknowledged the need for innovative mechanisms and dynamic spaces for public-private-citizen connections, and aim to see the importance of volunteering recognised as one of the key movements supporting the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals as well as of the new set of Sustainable Development Goals beyond 2015

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. 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.

The Volunteer Group also proposed amendments to the OWG's Zero Draft of the SDGs, including a rationale and language additions to the draft targets, for Member States' consideration.

The letter, drafted by Forum, was signed by 29 international volunteer networks and national organizations.

To sign the letter, please notify Mr Adjmal Dulloo (adjmal.dulloo@forum-ids.org).

Additional signatories to the letter as of 26 June 2014 include:

  • AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V. – Germany
  • ACDI/VOCA – USA
  • Global Vision International - Global
  • European Volunteer Centre (CEV) – Belgium
  • ICVolunteers – Switzerland
  • Innovations in Civic Participation – USA
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) – Korea
  • Partners of the Americas – USA 
  • Plataforma Portuguesa das ONGD (Portuguese NGDO Platform) – Portugal
  • Service For Peace – USA
  • Seven Hills Global Outreach – USA
  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - Global
  • Volunteering New Zealand – NZ
  • World University of Canada – Canada
  • Youth Service America - USA