Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group
To 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).
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.
20 Aug 2014: 500 days, 500 ways: UNV partners with VIOs to recognize volunteerism in the 500 days to the MDGs deadline | 12 Aug 2014: Why volunteers are central to achieving sustainable development | 3 Jul 2014: Volunteering for sustainable development: strengthening accountability of the post-2015 framework through citizen engagement | 2 Jul 2014: Civil society's views on the means of implementation of the post-2015 agenda presented to Member States | 16 Jun 2014: Open letter to Member States on volunteering and the SDGs | 2 Jun 2014: Consolidating recognition of volunteerism in the post-2015 agenda | 26 May 2014: Forum volunteer network input to the High Level event on human rights and the rule of law in the post-2015 agenda (9-10 June 2014) | 18 Mar 2014: The power of engagement: gender, volunteerism and governance in the post-2015 development agenda | 6 Dec 2013: Volunteer-involving organizations collaborate towards the inclusion of volunteerism in the post-2015 framework
The full set of documents from VIOs is available under Resources - From VIOs
- Integrating volunteerism in the zero draft rev1 of the SDGs (July 2014)
- Open letter from the post-2015 Volunteering Working Group to Member States on volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (June 2014)
Prepared on the occasion of the 12th session of the Open Working Group (16-20 June 2014)
- Findings from the UNDG e-discussion with civil society on partnerships and voluntary commitments (June 2014)
Prepared by UN-NGLS on behalf of the co-leads of the UNDG Dialogue on Partenrships with Civil Society for the Session on Means of Implementation at the second meeting of the High-level Political Forum (30 June-11 July 2014)
- Volunteering Task Force Joint Statement (December 2013)
- International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC) Declaration on Post-2015 (November 2013)
The General Assembly of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies committed to engage in the development and implementation of a universal development agenda to replace the existing Millennium Development Goals when they expire in 2015
- 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
- Report of the New York UNV Stakeholder Meeting (September 2013)
A task force of volunteer groups was set up to scale up efforts to make volunteering more visible
- The Forum Ottawa Declaration (October 2012)
- Volunteering for Sustainable Development - Beyond the Tenth Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (September 2012)
Following the successful marking of IYV+10, UNV consulted stakeholders with a direct engagement in volunteering and sustainable development in March 2012. Recommendations and observations were made on envisioning volunteerism for sustainable development, its integration into the sustainable development agenda, Rio+20, messaging, partnership for success, measurement of volunteering impact, youth.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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