The history: The original IYV 2001
28 May 2010
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'.
Resolution A/Res/52/17 adopted by the General Assembly in 1997. International Year of Volunteers, 2001
To consolidate successes attained and build on the momentum created by the International Year of Volunteers, the General Assembly called for the marking of IYV+10 in 2011.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of IYV governments, volunteer involving organizations (VIOs), the UN system, civil society organizations, business, academic institutions and other partners will join together to celebrate and build upon the growth and diversification of volunteerism the International Year helped to stimulate.