About Us

What is IYV+10?

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 63/153 called on stakeholders to mark the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers and its four pillars:

  • Recognition of volunteering
  • Facilitiation of volunteering
  • Networking of volunteer-involving organizations
  • Promotion of volunteering

LOCAL AND NATIONAL: The majority of activities for the International Year of Volunteers +10 happen at the local and national level, in cities and towns on every continent.

Contact local voluntary organizations to find out what is happening in your area.

REGIONAL: During the first half of 2011, a series of four regional consultation meetings were organized in Ecuador (28-20 March), Turkey (18-19 April), the Philippines (3-4 May), with a French-speaking Africa conference (30-31 May) and an English-speaking Africa conference in Senegal (6-7 June).

These brought together key stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, national authorities and academia and help develop a series of regional recommendations to feed into a final outcome document.

GLOBAL: A global conference on ‘Volunteering for a sustainable future’ was organized during 15-17 September in Budapest in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE). Read the final declaration here.

The 64th Annual UN DPI-NGO Conference was held from 3-5 September, hosted by the German government and the city of Bonn. Themed ‘Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens’, the event brought together more than 1,000 NGO and UN delegates from all over the world. Read the declaration text here.

Finally, two plenary sessions of the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly were devoted to the follow-up to the International Year of Volunteers and the commemoration of its tenth anniversary, under the item ‘Social Development’. They resulted in General Assembly Resolution 66/67.

A multimedia exhibition was simultaneously  held in the lobby of the UN Secretariat building in New York. Photographs and videos from various organizations show the range and diversity of volunteering, and features specially-commissioned material from top photographers. See more here.


About World Volunteer Web:

The World Volunteer Web is brought to you by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in partnership with the following organizations:

  • CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Merrill Associates
  • Millennium Campaign
  • OneWorld.net
  • Portal do Voluntário

The World Volunteer Web supports the volunteer community by serving as a global clearing house for information and resources linked to volunteerism that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking.

It is an online hub where the community can meet, share resources and coordinate activities to mobilize volunteer action in support of the Millennium Development Goals.

With a constituency comprising more than 20,000 organizations and individuals, the World Volunteer Web helps to catalyze partnerships among volunteer stakeholders from all continents.

Our mission

The mission of the World Volunteer Web is derived from the November 2002 UN General Assembly resolution that led to the creation of this website:

1.  Make available to the global volunteer community an online reference point for information and resources related to all forms of volunteerism worldwide;

2.  Provide the volunteer community with tools and resources for sharing information and knowledge and for networking;

3.  Invite other volunteer sector stakeholders to partnerships to promote volunteerism through a voluntary and collaborative approach.