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

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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


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13 August 2010
Innovations in Civic Participation: Interview with Simona Costanzo Sow, Project Manager for IYV+10 by Sarah Budriunas
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) recently interviewed the Project Manager for the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), Dr. Simona Costanzo Sow.  They discussed the upcoming celebration of IYV+10 and the ways in which various actors can get involved, specifically ways the youth can become better engaged in celebrating IYV+10. With the recent launch of the International Year of Youth, Dr. Costanzo Sow stressed the importance of globally empowering young people and encouraging them take ownership for their society in order to work towards change.  Read article
12 August 2010
Happy International Youth Day and Launch of the International Year of Youth 
August 12, 2010 marks the beginning of the International Year of Youth (IYY). IYY provides an opportunity to bring together youth internationally to advance on the “challenges facing humankind.”  Read article
12 August 2010
IANYS 9th Global Conference on National Youth Service: 25th-27th October 2010  by Jean Manney
This October 25-27, youth service policymakers, practitioners and other professionals will gather in Alexandria, Egypt for the 9th Global Conference of the International Association for National Youth Service (IANYS).   Read article
14 July 2010
The IYV+10 logo is now ready!  
After many rounds of consultation within UNV and with stakeholders, the final version of the IYV+10 logo is now ready! We will use the dark orange logo, which looks quite like the one used in 2001, but with a change in the shape of the letters inside the UN wreath. For those who are unable to print in colour, a black and white version is also available in the six official UN languages.

Download the logo (zip files) and read the Terms of use

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More about: Advocacy
29 June 2010
Opportunities for Action Document 
This reference document gives a brief overview of the global process underway to mark the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers. It highlights actions that UNV will undertake and facilitate together with its partners on a global and national level and names some of the global events that will take place to mark IYV+10. Please see the article to download the document in the 6 offcial UN Languages.  Read article
16 June 2010
13th World Scout Moot 2010: 27th July - 7th August 2010 
The World Organization of Scout Movement’s 13th World Scout Moot will be hosted by The Kenya Scouts Association on behalf of Africa Scout Region. As the first Scout Moot to be held in Africa, it’s a very special occasion for the whole continent. Young adults aged 18 – 25 years will come together to share experiences and participate in offering of service to communities. It is an opportunity for the young people to discover their full potential, serve the community and have fun with purpose, as they enjoy the Kenyan beaches, culture, safari and adventure.   Visit site

More about: Young volunteers  Youth
16 June 2010
World Youth Conference, Mexico City, Mexico: 23-28 August 2010 
The Government of Mexico, in partnership with the United Nations system and civil society organizations initiated a conference to bring together government representatives and civil society organizations to discuss and reflect upon the role youth plays in achieving peace and development. WYC Mexico 2010 will be a space for the international community to dialogue and reflect upon the role of youth, in their contribution to define actions for the fulfilment of the MDGs and the new agenda of development that will be established in 2015.   Visit site

More about: Young volunteers  Youth
29 May 2010
Resolutions Leading to IYV+10 
The following resolutions were created in the process of calling IYV+10:

Resolution A/Res/52/17
Resolution A/Res/63/153

Please read the following article for descriptions of each of the above resolutions.

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More about: Activism  Civil society
28 May 2010
The history: The original IYV 2001 
Bonn, Germany: In 1997, the UN General Assembly, convinced that the need for volunteer effort was greater than ever and that a year designed to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteer service could make a significant contribution to generating increased awareness of the achievements and further potential of volunteerism, proclaimed 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers - or 'IYV'.  Read article

More about: Activism  Civil society
02 February 2010
Consultative Stakeholders' Meeting on the International Year of Volunteers + 10 (IYV+10) 
The Consultative Meeting on the International Year of Volunteers + 10 (IYV+10), hosted by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bonn was an opportunity for diverse organizations to discuss ways to mark this anniversary.   Read article

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The four pillars of IYV+10