YouLeadNigeria (@YouLeadNigeria)@CusoIntl We volunteer for the world.... #IVD2015selfie #actioncounts #cusoivd2015 @Okeleyeboi @UNVolunteers @kwakaf t.co/XPIIeSmn58
Helping Hand (@helpinghandge)We got our volunteers to tell us why they volunteer for #IVD2015. #IVD2015selfie #IVDgeorgia #actioncounts t.co/T6fzCGJsVn
YouLeadNigeria (@YouLeadNigeria)Proud Volunteer!!! @VolunteerMatch @UNVolunteers @CusoIntl #IVD2015selfie #actioncounts #cusoivd2015 @omodollarpor t.co/RwHEXuUVkM
Laura Adams (@LMAdams6)Planting trees near Issaquah Creek. Save the salmon, save the orcas! #IVD2015selfie #IVD2015 #orcas #GirlScouts t.co/6hfbIVBTT5
Emiliya AsadovaI'm volunteering for youth in the Asia-Pacific region! Are you? #IVD2015selfie
Marie Sandra Lennon (@MarieSLennon)#IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie #volunteer @UNBenin, coordinating & reinforcing @ONU_fr collaboration on v field - @undgdoco t.co/EhS4RPHA46
Marthe Fare (@Nounfoh)2400 volontaires nationaux prêtent serment aujourd'hui à Lomé #IVD2015selfie t.co/iiMJxdC1Qb
María Peña“I might just be one ordinary UN Volunteer but I’ve learnt everyone has a role to play and you never know how wide your positive impact can be. I got to see first-hand how our efforts empowered the local community with emergency response and resiliency knowledge.” María Peña (Dominican Republic), national UN Volunteer
- Word has power. If we keep repeating it, it will be "real".
- IVD Ethiopia!! Your World is Changing. Are you? Volunteer! www.facebook.com/unvethiopia
- I have most awarness in education area, because when I was a child I couldn't get a good education, as the tuition to get it was expensive. So, right now, I try to give free education to the children around my house. I started to build a little school inside my house and find donations to provide the children with books and stationary.
- Happy IVD from UNV! #actioncounts
La Leche League GB (@LLLGB)If u volunteer as a #breastfeeding counsellor send us your #IVD2015selfie t.co/rAgLX51Zm2
UNV Sudan (@UNV_Sudan)Amina bint wahab students talking a selfie with the #SDGs. #IVD2015selfie #IVD2015 #UNVSudan t.co/bduH0lGWSW
- Este año creamos la plataforma www.appuntate.org junto con #FundaciónTelmex y #CTIN para promover el voluntariado y donación en México a través de una red social y una app que vinculan a las personas de manera directa con las fundaciones y sus causas.
Greenpeace Africa (@Greenpeaceafric)BIG shoutout to Douglas, an amazing #Volunteer in #Kenya. THANK YOU, you're an inspiration! #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie t.co/LbxwCgxWIS
Uygun ShadikhodjaevYour world is changing. Are you? Volunteer. #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie
Bicharo Gure”Work doesn’t know if you are male or female! Can I replace a wheel single handedly? Check. Can I drive a truck? Check! . . . When I was young, my father did not want me to go to school. I did my high school studies in hiding, with my mother’s help. I wanted to learn a new skill that I knew was going to help me in my life afterwards. Volunteering as a mechanic is a dream come true.” Bicharo Gure (Kenya), UN Volunteer Mechanic in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- I volunteer for #globalgoals in Bonn!
Ganetsang MpuisangVolunterism transcends boundaries and cultures. With volunteerism we unite nations and touch lives. We change lives and empower nations. Helping hand enriching hearts.....we bring hope to the hopeless
Askal Tilahun”Volunteering at a refugee camp has helped me to grow on both a professional and personal level. I like the personal contact because this way, we try to make sure no one falls through the cracks. As much as I am here to serve others, I actually find that these women and everyone at the Dzaleka refugee camp are the true inspiration."Askal Tilahun (Ethiopia), UN Volunteer Associate Community Services Officer in Malawi”
Stella Adu/UNHCR-Reg. Rep-KinshasaUN Volunteers are making great impact in the operation's activities.We appreciate their service. Happy International Volunteer Day 2015!
UNRIC-Deutschland (@unodeutschland)Honor volunteers everywhere! Celebrate @UNVolunteers on the 5th of December #IVD2015, #IVD2015selfie t.co/Ri6Y2JRLYE
Vutia Marathon (@KhasinduVuvu)#LeadChange #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie Going to run to rise funds for Library in my community. Support us. @OleItumbi t.co/4HAkG093TS
Tearfund: GoOverseas (@TearfundGo)
Ivan Sidorenko (@IvanSidorenko1)#Syria #SyrianArabRepublican Today is International Volunteer Day #IVD #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie #سورية #سوريا t.co/eWxI5CtzVI
Mauro Puzzo”I am both humbled and honored to be able to volunteer, to be a part of an effort that enables even the most vulnerable people to gain access to justice. While what we are individually doing can seem so small we must not forget that — as the saying common to so many cultures goes — it’s the small drops that make the mighty ocean.” Mauro Puzzo (Italy), UN Youth Volunteer Legal Officer in the Gambia
- Supporting volunteerism and SDGs in Bonn!
Bruno GolfettoSer Voluntário, é justamente Ser Humano nos dias atuais...
- Happy Volunteer Day in Advance, for all the volunteers around the world, and thank you all for what we've done this year, all the work and the effort the touched our hearts and made us happy, we gained a lot of experience by volunteering everyday in our friendly healthy environment cities, we look forward to volunteering more and working towards a better world. Our land is green - Kuwait Volunteering Center Fuad Aljumah
- "Volunteering with UNV has been a great way to learn more about the incredible work that UNV. It is a wonderful way to stay connected to the worldwide issues and learn about people and environment. I had an opportunity to work on design projects of UNV, and it a was lovely experience and a chance to participate to make the world a better place to live in. I would like to summarize that volunteering is a way to convert passion into action and make it an inspiration for others“ #IVD2015selfie - M. Junaid Abbasi
VNU Bénin (@vnubenin)Eh oui, moi aussi je participe au changement! #IVD2015Selfie #JIV2015 #actioncounts #UNVolunteers t.co/kB4TXz4cUM
UNAMI (@UNIraq)#Iraq: Happy International Volunteer Day from #FriendsofUNICEF volunteers in #Baghdad! #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie #NWNL t.co/pBy62SSZBJ
UNV Sudan (@UNV_Sudan)Nafisa, took the challenge. will you? Volunteer! #IVD2015selfie #IVD2015 #UNVSudan #ActionCounts t.co/kIK4joPfg4
Patricia Kormawa (@Komeh86)A dedicated volunteer with @VSONigeria #IVD2015 #IVD2015selfie @UNVolunteers t.co/WFaeTyxbej
Alexis/UNHCRHappy International Volunteer Day!
Volontariat au Togo (@anvt_togo)Témoignage des différents corps de volontariat au Togo. Nicolas du corps de la paix #IVD2015selfie #JIV2015 t.co/7AncgTZMuK
RobertOne volunteer is worth more than ten conscripted men! #IVD2015selfie
The Peoples' Voices Award Ceremony
WHEN: 25 September 2015
WHERE: New York, USA
An event organized by the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC), a strategic partner of UNV, to celebrate the launch of the 2030 agenda and announce the winners of the Peoples' Voices Awards.
Right after the adoption of the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) hosted a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York, USA, to celebrate the launch of the new inclusive framework and announce the winners of the Peoples' Voices Awards.
The Awards are part of the Peoples’ Voices Challenge, a pioneer initiative to incentivise and recognize the efforts of peoples and stakeholders around the world who contributed to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to define the new development agenda. This initiative is led by the UNMC in collaboration with the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme and other strategic partners.
People’s engagement, including through volunteerism, is crucial for a successful implementation of the 2030 agenda, which needs to be landed and localized to be inclusive and owned by people all over the world.
Volunteerism: measuring global impact II
WHEN: 16-17 June 2015
WHERE: Nairobi, Kenya
A joint workshop of UNV and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to develop a strong evidence base to support the role of volunteerism in peace and development.
Representatives of volunteer-involving organizations and academics/researchers discussed a common agenda to increase research and evidence that captures and measures the contribution that volunteers bring to peace and development, especially in regions such as the global South. Such a narrative is especially relevant to inform discussions related to the implementation and monitoring of the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Participants shared practices, knowledge and understanding of measuring volunteer contributions to development based on different modalities of volunteering (e.g., corporate, online, community, and youth) as a first step towards identifying global indicators that could be used to measure volunteering and its impact.
The workshop generated ideas to deepen innovation and research on the measurement of volunteerism, as well as on the ways different stakeholders can combine their efforts and resources to undertake research, evidence-building and development of a global volunteer research agenda.
The Nairobi workshop follows up on a previous one jointly hosted by the US Peace Corps and UNV in Washington D.C. on 30-31 March, with a specific focus on gathering perspectives from participants from the global south.
Leveraging volunteerism for global impact
WHEN: 30 March-1 April 2015
WHERE: Washington, D.C., USA
A joint initiative of the U.S. Peace Corps and UNV to develop a strong evidence base to support the role of volunteerism in peace and development.
This initiative aimed to explore global indicators that can inform a universal results-based narrative to help measure and capture the contribution that volunteers bring to development. Such a narrative is especially relevant to inform monitoring discussions related to the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
Workshop outcome document: Getting to impact: measuring volunteer contribution
30–31 March - Workshop on Volunteerism: measuring global impact
Volunteer-involving organizations shared practices, knowledge and understanding of measuring volunteer contributions to development based on different modalities of volunteering (e.g., corporate, online, community, and youth). This was the first step towards identifying global indicators that could be used to measure volunteering and its impact.
The workshop generated ideas to deepen innovation and research on the measurement of volunteerism, as well as on the ways different stakeholders can combine their efforts and resources to undertake research and other evidence-building activities.
1 April – Conference on Leveraging volunteerism for global impact
High-level public officials, institutional leaders and policy experts gathered to convene, inform and connect domestic and international thought leaders and policy experts with a view to build support for the role of volunteer service in achieving the sustainable development goals.
They also informed and supported a wider practice of international volunteer service as a relevant and effective tool for global development with the U.S. government and other global policy-makers.
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The power of volunteerism as a cross-cutting means of implementation
WHEN: 22 April 2015, 13:15-14:30 hrs
WHERE: Conference Room 9, UN headquarters, New York, USA
CUSO International, the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (FORUM), the UN Volunteers programme (UNV) and Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), part of the post-2015 Volunteering Working Group, co-organized this side event to explore the contribution that volunteerism makes to sustainable development, and how the means of implementation of the post-2015 framework can recognise, support and maximise this contribution. Participants included representatives from Volunteer-involving organizations (ViOs), UN agencies and Member States. (Flyer)
The event took place during the April session of the post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations (New York, 21-25 April 2015), which focused on the means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda and the global partnership for sustainable development.
Highlights from the event
- Volunteerism should be a crucial component of the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17. Goal 17 ("Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development") currently covers issues relating to finance, technology, capacity building, trade, systemic issues, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and data, monitoring and accountability.
- ViO panelists called for shaping the means of implementation component in a way that looks beyond financial and technological means and also includes people-centred approaches. ViOs also agreed to produce a shadow report presenting examples of impact of the contribution of volunteers towards development outcomes as expressed in the SDGs.
- Ambassador Hiroshi Minami, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN, stated that he saw three possible opportunities for volunteerism to fit in final post-2015 agenda, namely in the Declaration (although volunteerism may not be specifically mentioned since the Declaration is envisaged to be short); in the Means of Implementation section; and in the Global partnerships section, since volunteers should have an important role as stakeholders of global partnerships. Mr. Tim Mawe, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN, also reaffirmed that volunteers will play a major role in the implementation of the SDGs and that the role of volunteers should be enhanced.
Data at the lowest possible level: measuring volunteerism
WHEN: 5 March 2015, 1.15 – 2.30 pm
WHERE: Conference Room 1 (CB), UN headquarters, New York, USA
Discussions related to measuring and monitoring the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs) are calling for a "data revolution." There is agreement that national data used to track MDG progress was inadequate, insufficiently reporting on inequalities and exclusion. That is, national statistical offices need to go beyond national level aggregates. Instead the call is for collecting disaggregated data "at the lowest possible level."
This UNV side event addressed the relevance of volunteerism to monitoring SDG progress. Panelists from ILO, academia, youth, and the UNDP Human Development Report Office discussed how:
- volunteers can support data generation through community engagement and use of new media. This is also a means to ensure inclusion by engaging marginalized groups, such as youth;
- disaggregated data at the lowest levels is already being gathered measuring volunteer participation through existing volunteer measurement/research methodologies. Measuring volunteer work could be included in decent work indicators. With agreement and capacities, existing volunteer measurement/research methodology could generate comparable data on volunteerism disaggregated by activity, area of focus, and demography which can be used as a measure of participation and inclusion for the purpose of SDG reporting.
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Sous le feu des projecteurs
Pendant cette campagne de la JIV 2015 vous allez voir des questions comme par exemple, “Faites-vous partie du changement ? » « Allez-vous relever le défi ? », « Etes-vous prêt ? » et les réponses, à mesure que des milliers d’individus montrent comment le volontariat contribue pleinement à avoir un monde meilleur.
Rejoignez cette campagne en partageant votre selfie ici ou sur les médias sociaux avec le mot-click #IVD2015selfie et partagez vos histoires avant et pendant le jour de la campagne, le 5 décembre. Le volontariat fait la différence dans le monde entier sur les objectifs mondiaux.
Le Secrétaire général des Nations Unies, Ban Ki-moon
« Dans le cadre de l’action que nous menons pour renforcer les capacités et établir durablement les nouveaux objectifs de développement durable, le bénévolat peut également se révéler un moyen d’action puissant et polyvalent. Il peut en effet contribuer à mobiliser le public et à faire participer la population à l’élaboration des plans d’action nationaux et à la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable. Des groupes de bénévoles peuvent contribuer à faire connaître les nouveaux objectifs au niveau local en organisant des débats entre les pouvoirs publics et la population afin d’arrêter des mesures concrètes, réalisables à différentes échelles. »
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