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Technology, building, training or funds - basic physical and organizational structures and facilities like these are required for ensuring smooth volunteer work as much as for operation of any enterprise. Here we focus on issues related to provision and lack of infrastructure encouraging or hindering volunteerism in different parts of the world. If you have any news, press releases, events, documents, links or other information resources related to this volunteering issue, send them to us at and we will post them here.

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20 December 2012
UN Resolution 67/138: Integrating volunteering in the next decade 
New York, USA: The UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on "Integrating Volunteering in the Next Decade", which was co-facilitated by Brazil and Japan.    Read article
20 February 2012
IYV+10 - the General Assembly Resolution 
New York, USA: On 5 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/66/67 on marking the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
22 July 2011
Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens 
Commit. Encourage. Volunteer.

That’s the tagline for the world’s biggest annual conference for the NGO community, which in 2011 fits right in with the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
05 July 2011
News Update: Global gatherings deliver big results 
Bonn, Germany: With the final International Year of Volunteers +10 (IYV+10) regional conference ending in Dakar, Senegal, on 7 June, the series of five consultation meetings came to a very successful conclusion.

Click to read on and download the newsletter.  Read article
29 May 2011
Volunteering for Africa: Final round of continental-level discussions 
Dakar, Senegal: Aiming to broker common ideas and joint positions, organizations from across Africa are heading for Senegal.  Read article


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Philippines government announces volunteering for MDGs campaign 
As the Philippines Government beefs up its efforts towards the 2015 Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets, President Benigno S. Aquino III promoted 2011 as the 10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers in the Philippines.   Visit site
Need to streamline voluntary work emphasized 
Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khaled yesterday opened an international forum on volunteerism at Abha Palace Hotel and emphasized the need for conducting charitable and voluntary activities in a more organized and transparent manner. "Charitable and voluntary work can be carried out effectively through management, planning and consultancy. There is no room for individual discretions and this work requires more clarity and transparency," he said.  Visit site
Civic groups eyed for volunteer services 
The Government plans to create a National Volunteer Service Corps that will provide assistance to poor Filipinos struggling from the impact of the global financial crisis. Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said President Arroyo has started to meet with various civic organizations, professional groups, and business chambers to solicit their volunteer work for the country.  Visit site

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22 February 2006, 10:01
Volunteering in Hong Kong 
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It is getting easier to volunteer in Hong Kong. You can now go to and find one-time or on-going volunteer opportunities. To participate, you have to become a volunteer member first. All projects posted on the website are held by government registered charities, so volunteers will not be "abused" by commercial companies. Have fun volunteering!  Read entry
A doctor from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) takes care of a young child in Pakistan. (Photo: Sveinung Uddu Ystad/Norwegian Red Cross)
13 February 2006, 15:43
What difference does it make - to volunteers? 
We regularly publish articles that illustrate volunteers’ impact - individually and collectively. But a recent research showed that some volunteers don’t value their experiences. A study done by UK’s Chartered Management Institute and the international volunteer-sending organization VSO, reveal that some individuals fail to capitalize on their volunteering experiences.

What does your volunteer experience teach you? How do you apply the skills you’ve learned during volunteering in your normal, everyday work and life? Did volunteering make a difference? Tell us here!

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