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

In addition to the side event, UNV and Volunteer Groups supported the integration of volunteering in the post-2015 framework through several activities during the the 2nd meeting of the HLPF on Sustainable Development (30 June-11 July), the body that will replace the Commission on Sustainable Development in monitoring the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • On 2 and 3 July, Anjali Sen of VSO International spoke to Member States as lead discussant on behalf of Volunteer Groups during the morning hearing at ECOSOC on the necessity to enhance the notion of means of implementation by including volunteer groups as actors and volunteering a method to engage people in development; and Adjmal Dulloo of FORUM addressed the modalities of engagement with the HLPF to include broader voices and include volunteering explicitly in the SDG framework.
    Speech by Anjali Sen, VSO International | Speech by Adjmal Dulloo, International Forum for Volunteering in Development (FORUM) (listen to the speech at 23'30'' in this video)

  • On 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. Many volunteer organisations submitted contributions to the original discussion.    
    The e-discussion on Partnerships with Civil Society provides a major opportunity to present the perspectives and recommendations of volunteer groups regarding a broader vision of what it will take to implement the post 2015 development agenda. Contributions are welcome until 25 July on 3 different questions, whose responses will feed into the UNDG global report for the Dialogues, and possibly into the UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report.