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13 November 2015
UN Resolution: Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond 
New York, USA: The UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on "Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond", co-facilitated by Brazil and Japan and co-sponsored by 100 Member States.  Read article
26 June 2015
Report of the Secretary-General: Integrating volunteering in the next decade 
New York, USA: The Secretary-General reported to the General Assembly on progress made with regards to the recognition and promotion, facilitation, networking and integration of volunteerism since 2012, and presented a Plan of Action, developed by UNV, to integrate volunteerism in the next decade and beyond.  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
29 March 2011
Latin American organizations take common position on volunteering 
The meeting in Quito, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme with the financial support of the White Helmets Commission of Argentina, brings together people from across Latin America: Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay are all represented. (UNV)
Quito, Ecuador: Organizations from across Latin American civil society have agreed to work together on influencing policy and promoting the impact of volunteer work on development.  Read article
23 March 2011
Counting the volunteers the world counts on 
Baltimore, USA:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies announced the release of a new manual to help statistical agencies around the world track the amount, type and value of volunteer work in their countries.

The manual, drafted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the ILO and an International Technical Experts Group, and with the support of the United Nations Volunteers, represents the first-ever internationally sanctioned guidance to statistical agencies for generating reliable, official data on volunteer work using a common definition and approach.

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From: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA


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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
Enhancing accountability and transparency of international volunteering programmes 
Regular evaluation of the outcomes of international volunteering and service should be a planned part of program goals. Documentation of service outcomes enhances organizational transparency and accountability, justifies the expense of volunteer programs, and provides comparative knowledge about the overall impact of international volunteering on intended beneficiaries.  Visit site
Building Bridges Coalition 
The Building Bridges Coalition is a consortium of leading international volunteering organizations, colleges and universities, corporations and government agencies working collaboratively to double the number of volunteers serving abroad by 2010, while improving programme quality and maximizing positive impacts in the communities where volunteers serve.  Visit site

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01 December 2006, 09:41
Fighting Aids & launching volunteer research in India 
The United Nations Volunteer programme in India is working together with other international agencies and national volunteer organizations in the country to strengthen the fight against HIV/AIDS, on 2 December. In addition, for International Volunteer Day, they are planning to hold a seminar about India and China, and launch a study on volunteering.  Read entry
From: IVD 2006 Blog