02 May 2011
Zalave ‘Larry’ Dinas is a national UNV volunteer Water and Sanitation Officer assigned to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Cotabato, Mindanao. (UNV)Manila, the Philippines:
“Build hope, change lives: volunteer!” The spirit of a major gathering of volunteering organizations in Manila from 3-4 May, which will look at making the world a better place through citizen action.
It is crucial for ordinary people to get involved in the solutions to poverty, conflict and climate change. Civil society and voluntary organizations are key actors, and tapping into their power for good could be a major step towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.
The year 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, and President Noynoy Aquino has endorsed several commemorative initiatives. These are organized by the national volunteer committee for the anniversary year, led by the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.
The Manila meeting aims to focus the Asian development debate, and several national and global players are taking part. Among others, representatives from Afghanistan, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam are all expected to participate.
This conference will be followed in late May and early June by consultations for Africa to be held in Senegal: similar meetings have already taken place in Quito, Ecuador, and Ankara, Turkey. Delegates at each regional conference are asked to come up with recommendations on volunteering for peace and development, and the events also provide opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences among a diverse range of delegates.
A global volunteering conference will follow later in the year, taking further steps towards building a world coalition of volunteering organizations. A United Nations General Assembly session during December 2011 will also be dedicated to volunteering.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNV and PNVSCA are the lead agencies for volunteer activities in the Philippines. Contact:
International Year of Volunteers +10, UNV
Tel: +49 228 815 2019 / +49 174 757 3209
philip.sen [at] unvolunteers.org
Tel: +63 901 0239 / +63 917 800 5002
danton.remoto [at] undp.org About the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers
Volunteering empowers people to take an active part in the development of their own communities, to take responsibility for the needs of others, and to make an impact on their own lives. Volunteering often starts at home: but together, volunteers can change the world.
It is 10 years since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001, and through United Nations General Assembly Resolution 63/153 (2008), the United Nations called for this anniversary to be marked across the planet. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was designated as the focal point for IYV+10 in order to catalyse action at the national, regional and global levels. The aims of the wide range of partners are to promote the values of volunteering, recognize the value of volunteering, build and reinforce volunteering networks both nationally and globally, and help people tap their potential to make a difference to peace-building and development.