08 January 2001
2001: International Year of Volunteers IAVE World
Volunteer Conference 14-18 January 2001 in Amsterdam
The IAVE XVIth Biennial World Volunteer Conference will
take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from 14 to 18 January 2001.
1500 participants from all over the world will meet in Amsterdam to
discuss volunteer work. The World Volunteer Conference is being organized
by the Dutch National Volunteer Centre (NOV) and IAVE, the International
Association for Volunteer Effort. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
will visit the conference as well as several important keynote speakers.
On the 12th and 13th of January, just before the start of the main conference,
the Youth Forum takes place. This is a preconference especially for
The conference theme is: Volunteers: Capital of the Millennium -Integrating
the Young and New. The main issues will be renewal of volunteer work
and the participation of young people. Developments and the future of
volunteer work will be discussed from an academic, management and practical
point of view.
Global Action Plan and Universal Declaration on Volunteering
The conference will result in a Global Action Plan. This plan describes
the actions concerning volunteer work as planned by volunteer organizations,
governments, corporate and academic sectors. These actions will be related
to the main aims of the international Year of Volunteers 2001, as formulated
by the United Nations: Recognition, Facilitation, Networking and Promotion.
Part of this plan will be a new version of the Universal Declaration
on Volunteering. The Declaration addresses the fundamental value of
volunteering to society as well as the rights and responsibilities of
Presentation of publication Volunteering Worldwide
to Queen Beatrix
On Tuesday the 16th of January Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
will visit the conference and will receive Volunteering Worldwide. This
publication gives an overview of volunteer work in 21 countries and
offers volunteering organizations many ideas for renewal. Volunteering
Worldwide is a joint publication of the Netherlands Institute of Care
and Welfare (NIZW) and IAVE.
The following keynote speakers will address the conference. Wim Kok
(Prime Minister of the Netherlands) will open the conference at Sunday
the 14th of January. During the conference there will be lectures from
Gillian Sorenson (Assistant Secretary General For External Relations
United Nations), Sharon Capeling Alakija (Executive Coordinator United
Nations Volunteers), Carol Bellamy (International Executive Director
Unicef), Frank Devlyn (Rotary International World President) Paul Boateng
(Deputy Home Secretary of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom),
Astrid Heiberg (President of the International Federation of Red Cross
and Red Crescent Societies), Pierre Sané (International Secretary
Amnesty International), Jacques Moreillon (Secretary General of the
World Organization of the Scout Movement) en Margo Vliegenthart (State
Secretary of Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands).
Besides plenary meetings, more than 60 Partnership Meetings and workshops
are organized daily. Partnership Meetings are small conferences that
are taking place during the main conference. These Partnership Meetings
are being organized by and for one specific organization (for example
Unicef International and Amnesty International) or sector (for example
the government and corporate sector).
The participants of the World Volunteer Conference will visit on Wednesday
the 17th of January volunteer organizations and projects. In more than
21 different towns they will meet volunteers and hear about volunteer
work in the host country. In almost every town the mayor or councillor
will welcome the delegations.
Youth Forum preconference
On the 12th and 13th of January, just before the start of the conference,
the Youth Forum preconference will take place. The Youth Forum will
bring together approximately 200 young people from youth organizations
that will discuss the participation of youth in volunteer work. They
also prepare themselves for active participation during the World Volunteer
Conference. In preparation for the preconference and the world conference
a team of young volunteers from different regions and organizations
are working together to create an environment for active participation
of youth during and after the World Volunteer Conference. This team
has been given the name YAM-team (Youth Activity Monitor Team). His
Highness Prince Floris van Oranje-Nassau, van Vollenhoven will open
International Year of Volunteers 2001
The conference is in light of the International Year of Volunteers 2001
as declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations. The International
Year of Volunteers 2001 makes the IAVE XVIth World Volunteer Conference
an even more special occasion.
End of this press release
Representatives of the press are kindly invited to
attend the conference. For more information please look at our Internet
site: www.volunteer.nl. You can also contact Mrs. Nienke van Helden,
communications manager Dutch National Volunteer Centre (NOV) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Mrs. Annemarieke Tazelaar, communications project co-ordinator (email@example.com),
tel.: 31 30 2319844 or fax: 31 302343896. An information package for
the press is available.
You can apply an invitation for the conference with
the enclosed application form. Please enclose a copy of your press card.
NOV, mrs. Nienke van Helden, P.O.Box 2877, 3500 GW, Utrecht, the Netherlands.