Volunteers and volunteer groups mentioned in the Zero Draft of the outcome document of the post-2015 UN summit

zerodraftThe Zero Draft of the outcome document of the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, recently released by the President of the UN General Assembly, contains two mentions of volunteers and voluntary groups.

This is an important achievement of volunteer groups, who have taken an increasingly active role in positioning volunteerism in the new agenda and given statements at every interactive dialogue held as part of the intergovernmental negotiations for the post-2015 agenda.

While governments remain the main responsible for achieving the agenda, the Zero Draft underlines the importance of upscaling multi-stakeholder collaboration to ensure that implementation leaves no one behind. Participatory and inclusive approaches should however be further stressed.

The document also calls for the development of qualitative indicators that allow measuring achievements for all population groups, including the most vulnerable, in all geographical areas, and for strengthening statistical and other related capacities to do so. Language on action at local level should be strengthened for the agenda to take root.

"Ours can be the first generation to succeed in ending poverty; just as we are the last to have a chance of saving the planet."

The draft outcome document, entitled 'Transforming our world by 2030 - a new agenda for global action', recalls the foundations of the United Nations and compares the adoption of the post-2015 agenda to the adoption of the UN Charter 70 years ago, which responded to the call of "We the peoples". In fact, the document is referred to as a "charter for people and planet in the twenty-first century".

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UNV and volunteer groups will continue positioning volunteerism in the new agenda at the next key post-2015 events:

The intergovernmental negotiations will end with two final sessions in July; the post-2015 development agenda will be adopted at the UN Summit on 25–27 September 2015.


The mentions in the Zero Draft of the outcome document of the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda read as follows:

- Under "Implementation" (page 7, para 37):

37. We emphasize more generally the critical importance of engaging all relevant stakeholders in implementation of the new Agenda. Governments and public institutions will work closely in this regard with national parliaments, local authorities, international institutions, business and the private sector, civil society, academia, philanthropic organizations, voluntary groups and others.

- Under the "Placeholder language" on "Means of Implementation and Global Partnership", pending the decision to be taken in the upcoming Financing for Development Conference in Addis Abeba next July (page 22, para 7):

7. Successful implementation will also depend on the resources, knowledge and ingenuity of business, civil society, the scientific community, academia, research institutions, philanthropists and foundations, parliaments, local authorities, volunteers and other stakeholders. We urge all to embrace our commitment to sustainable development, including by directing investments and activities towards areas that contribute to sustainable development and away from harmful, unsustainable ones.