25 October 2011
UNICEF/UN Volunteers: Volunteering for behavioural change in Egypt
16 August 2011
When thinking of a volunteer, what comes to the mind of most people is a youth working in the field in an emergency zone. The link between the words ‘volunteer’ and ‘desk job’ is, to say the least, not very common. Read article
Editorial: Humanitarian volunteers: making change happen
11 August 2011
Whenever our televisions show distressing scenes of war, famine or disaster, inevitably we ask ourselves: “What can we do to help?” It’s the kind of question that makes us human, and many people do go the extra mile and act. Read article
The voice of youth: International Day of Youth
11 August 2011
This year marks both the International Year of Youth and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10). It’s a unique opportunity to recognize how young people can take a stand and help change the world for the better. Read article
UN DPI/NGO Conference Draft Declaration
22 July 2011
The Co-Chairs of the Group of Experts of the Planning Committee of the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference have issued a Zero Draft version of the NGO Declaration that will be submitted for adoption by consensus by NGO delegates at the close of the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn. The Zero Draft version is now available here
, as well as on the Conference website
for NGO review and comment. Read article
Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens
18 July 2011
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
Happy Mandela Day!
Pretoria, South Africa:
15 July 2011
It's about volunteering! Monday 18 July is Mandela Day, and it's one of the landmarks during this special year for volunteers.
The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. The campaign is asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting their chosen charity or serving their local community.
Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr. Mandela did. Read article
Save the date: Volunteering for a sustainable future
11 July 2011
The Global Volunteer Conference will bring together high level leadership and decision makers from humanitarian and development organizations, governments, civil society, academia, the UN system and the corporate sector. Read article
IAVE Africa meeting underway
05 July 2011
IAVE is organizing a regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.
The theme for the small gathering is 'Getting the Word Out – Volunteering in Africa'.
The conference will be an invitation-only event for 25-35 individuals, representing diverse groups and organizations, including national NGOs, volunteer centres, international NGOs as well as representatives from global companies.
The meeting will include presentations on volunteering programmes in Africa, country and regional reports, and a discussion on how to improve research, communication, and advocacy. Read article
News Update: Global gatherings deliver big results
03 June 2011
With the final International Year of Volunteers +10 (IYV+10) regional conference ending in Dakar, Senegal, on 7 June, the series of five consultation meetings came to a very successful conclusion.
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Editorial: Taking root, bearing fruit by Jingqi Liu
Bonn, Germany: During the past decade, the seeds of volunteerism have germinated and spread.
Without doubt, if volunteerism takes root, it will bear fruit throughout the future of our planet.
World Environment Day, 5 June 2011 Read article