16 November 2010
The tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) as well as the European Year of Volunteering (EYV 2011) are conceptually linked together and share many of their goals. The EYV has been designated by the European Union following an extensive lobby process from the growing number of European networks active in volunteering that form the EYV 2011 Alliance.
The common focus of IYV+10 and EYV 2011 poses an invaluable opportunity to explore synergies and collective initiatives to promote and recognize volunteerism in 2011. EYV 2011 and IYV+10 provide an opportunity for engagement with both the EU and UN policy debates about volunteering and to celebrate and promote volunteering in all its forms through different governmental and non-governmental structures.
Volunteers are encouraged to engage with the activities offered by EYV 2011 and IYV+10 to promote volunteering and improve volunteering infrastructures for volunteer-involving organizations, volunteers and their communities. The EYV 2011 Alliance Secretariat and UNV with its field offices are available to support your initiatives and provide further information and resources.