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Policy
Many countries are seeking to foster voluntary action through the development of policies and legislation. These serve to define volunteerism, to clarify the roles and relationships among stakeholders and to identify necessary legal, social, administrative and financial support. Here is a selection of news and resources related to policy and legislation initiatives all over the world.

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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
08 December 2011
United Nations General Assembly sets stage for the future of volunteerism 
UNV Executive Coordinator Flavia Pansieri addressing the United Nations General Assembly: “The priorities are clear: volunteer activities and their results needed to be documented, and new ways to measure those impacts needed to be found.” (UN Photo/Ryan Brown)
New York, USA: Celebrations of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers culminated at the UN General Assembly with the launch of the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report and testimonies from two UN 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.

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Public service on the cusp of becoming a national movement 
Many non-profit organisations are seeing an increase in people looking to help. Non-profit organisations now have 9.4m employees and 4.7m full-time volunteers nationwide. Corporate America, too, is joining in. Moreover, the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, passed on March 31st, will devote $5.7 billion over five years to expanding or creating national-service programmes.  Visit site
Formulate guidelines to promote volunteerism 
The government should formulate guidelines to promote volunteerism, which is the best tool to achieve sustainable development, speakers at a national workshop on volunteerism said yesterday.  Visit site
US Senate moves to expand national service 
The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Thursday to broadly expand national community service programs, increasing the number of positions to 250,000 from 75,000 and creating new cadres of volunteers focused on education, clean energy, health care and veterans.  Visit site

Related blog entries
16 August 2007, 11:38
Gap-year 'voluntourists' told not to bother 
Freelance journalist Alex Klaushofer blogs about "voluntourism", specifically the growing trend for young, affluent western Europeans to volunteer in developing countries. By doing good, honestly, do they make a difference?  Read entry
From: AlertNet
29 November 2006, 10:34
'Let the evidence speak' for volunteerism in Ethiopia 
Volunteer-involving organizations in Ethiopia will hold an exhibit, "Let evidence speak", to express appreciation to volunteers' contribution to the country's development.  Read entry
From: IVD 2006 Blog