28 April 2003
Organizers of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) -- to be held in Geneva 2003 and Tunis 2005 -- created the "Volunteering and new technologies", working group composed of international volunteer organizations to prepare the participation of volunteers in WSIS.
To date, the working group is composed of CIVICUS, European Volunteer Centre (CEV), International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), International Conference Volunteers (ICVolunteers), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), ATD Quart Monde and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. The group recently brought forward suggestions to "integrate the language of volunteering" into both the final Declaration of Principles and the Action Plan of the WSIS. The suggestions of the Volunteer working group will be integrated with the WSIS’ Civil Society (CS) Bureau that facilitates civil society’s participation in the Summit.
The Volunteer Family
The Civil Society Bureau also established the "Volunteer Family" in an attempt to bring together organizations working with information technologies and with volunteers to provide volunteers’ input to the Summit. It is one of the many "families" the Civil Society Bureau created to incorporate the various issues from different sectors.
ICVolunteers is currently the focal point for Volunteer Family. It is a Geneva-based non-governmental organization (NGO) that connects volunteers and organizers of non-profit projects, in particular social, humanitarian, environmental and scientific conferences.
ICVolunteers is inviting volunteer organizations and those connected with information and new technologies to become regional focal points to bring volunteer projects to the summit. The organization is requesting contributions -- ideas, projects and feedback -- related to volunteering and new technologies focusing on the following topics:
Volunteering to bridge the digital divide;
Community involvement through new technologies;
Volunteer research linked to ICTs;
ICT Capacity building through volunteers;
Corporate Volunteering and ICTs;
Reactivation of some of the national and regional web sites created for the IYV 2001 in view of the WSIS
For more information, please contact:
ICVolunteers WSIS project www.icvolunteers.org
WSIS website www.itu.int/wsis/index.html
WSIS Civil Society Platform www.geneva2003.org