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Tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10)

Volunteering empowers people to take an active part in development, to take responsibility for the needs of others, and to make an impact in their own lives. Volunteering often starts at home: but together, volunteers can change the world.



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These tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) promotional materials are designed for national and international stakeholders and partners, in addition to UNV Field Units and UNV staff, committed to marking IYV+10 in their respective capacities. Read more
30 June 2011
Un impact sur tout le quartier by Isabelle Blanc
Port-au-Prince, Haiti: A l’aide de jeux éducatifs, les 120 jeunes de l’école « Auberge Fraternité » ont découvert pourquoi il est important de respecter l’environnement.  Read article
More about: Haiti  Children


IYV+10 news
Volunteers: Creating the change
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
25 November 2011
The Women of Villa El Salvador and the Volunteering "Bug" by Felien De Smedt and Nerea Varela
Lima, Peru: On the occasion of the International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November), we invite you to read this collaborative piece--between UNWomen and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10)--that celebrates the work of women volunteers in Villa El Salvador.  Read article

More about: Advocacy  MDG 3

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The four pillars of IYV+10
In view of the 2015 target date of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), IYV+ 10 offers an opportunity to celebrate but also to assess the progress made towards achieving the four pillars of IYV:

Recognition: acknowledging the value of volunteerism to society all over the world and the connection between volunteerism and the MDGs

Facilitation: ensuring that the maximum number of people from the broadest range of backgrounds have access to volunteer opportunities

Networking: fostering the exchange of experience and strengthening partnerships among different entities promoting and implementing volunteer projects

Promotion: promoting inclusive volunteerism representative of the diverse groups in society