Around the world
UN General Assembly Resolution 63/153 called for the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers to be marked across the planet. And it was...
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With strong Government support, a National Advocacy Committee instigated processes to create a national volunteering policy and national volunteering agency in Bangladesh.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a media-based approach was used to promote the idea of volunteering to large target audiences.
An enlarged group of partners in Burkina Faso developed an action plan which has expanded the already successful National Volunteer Programme to 10,000 national volunteers.
A public awareness campaign in China combining celebrity power with interactive micro-blogging may have reached 30 million people with messages of volunteering for peace and development.
Since the success of the Year depended on impact in the field, UNV recruited 40 national UNV ‘IYV+10 Coordinators’ around the world. With their volunteering experience and local knowledge, many proved instrumental in the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering in their countries - for example in Egypt.
IYV+10 gave Guinea-Bissau the momentum to revitalize a long-dormant National Volunteers Committee, while more than 1,000 volunteers were mobilized to support MDG achievement through breastfeeding, HIV/AIDS, malaria and environmental campaigns.
Kenya has a strong volunteering tradition, and will soon have a national volunteering policy thanks to efforts catalysed by IYV+10.
Morocco’s national volunteering lobby group teamed up with international players such as France Volontaires, VSO, KOICA and the Peace Corps to move forward national legislation on volunteerism.
Galvanized partly by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, later in the year attention in Japan turned to volunteering for disaster relief and a national body was duly formed.
Several new volunteering groups formed under the IYV+10 banner in Rwanda, in addition to long-term linkages between policy-makers and activists from Government, NGOs, and civil society to promote volunteerism and address community development challenges.
The ‘I Volunteer for Timor-Leste’ campaign opened dialogue about volunteerism nationwide, offering people new ideas about their role in development.
A cooperation with one of Uzbekistan’s most famous sportsmen helped raise awareness of volunteerism across the country.