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14 December 2009
Voluntary environmental action exceeds 1.5 million hours  

Bonn, Germany: Thousands of volunteers around the world have registered more than 1.5 million hours of effort to tackle climate change and other environmental issues, as part of a campaign to promote International Volunteer Day on 5 December.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme launched the global campaign 'Volunteering for our Planet' to promote voluntary effort for the environment.  Read article
14 December 2009
Environnement global : la contribution de volontaires dépasse 1,5 million d'heures 
Bonn, Allemagne: Des milliers de volontaires aux quatre coins du globe enregistrent plus 1,5 million d’heures de volontariat investies dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. C’est ce qui ressort d’une campagne mondiale pour la Journée internationale des Volontaires du 5 décembre.  Read article
05 December 2009
Global Call for Action: IYV+10 
Bonn, Germany: The year 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001.  Opportunities exist for activities throughout 2011 that will showcase the diversity, breadth and depth of volunteering, country by country, as well as worldwide. IYV +10 offers the chance to raise the profile of volunteering and mobilize many more volunteers.  Read article
18 November 2009
Thousands 'Volunteering for our Planet' 
Bonn, Germany: Volunteers register 300,000 hours of climate work.

People around the world are volunteering hundreds of thousands of hours to tackle climate change and send a message to world leaders that everyone is part of the solution.

A new website, has drawn thousands of visitors to register the time they have spent as environmental volunteers since World Environment Day, 5 June, and the time they will spend until International Volunteer Day, 5 December.

Since the website started, people have registered more than 300,000 hours of volunteer effort

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More about: Environment
26 October 2009
UNV staff walk the talk for ‘Seal the Deal’ 
Bonn, Germany: UNV staff took ‘Volunteering for our Planet’ to the public last weekend, marking the anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The staff volunteers collected more than 500 signatures calling for action against global warming.  Read article

More about: Civil society  Environment
21 October 2009
Leading volunteer organizations gear up to volunteer year anniversary 
Bonn, Germany: Volunteer organizations, governments and international organizations from across the world are joining UN partners to plan for 2011, the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article

More about: Advocacy  Infrastructure
13 October 2009
UK volunteers roost on Parliament's roof urging to meet climate change challenges 
London, UK: Fifty-five Greenpeace volunteers Sunday scaled the walls of the UK's Houses of Parliament and occupied the roof to call for a new style of politics in Britain, one capable of rising to meet the challenge of climate change.  Read article

More about: United Kingdom  Activism
13 October 2009
China to evaluate students' volunteering 
Beijing, China: China plans to incorporate volunteer service into the evaluation of student performances to promote the spirit of selflessness, the Ministry of Education said.    Read article

From: China Daily, China
More about: China  Research
10 September 2009
United We Serve & 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance  
United We Serve is harnessing the power of volunteerism to help transform some of the hardest-hit communities in the United States.  The U.S. Chamber's Business Civic Leadership Center – together with the business community – is answering the call to service.  Visit site

01 September 2009
Study Shows Americans Pulling Back From Volunteering 
Americans say they have cut back on volunteer service to their communities and believe others have chosen to look out for themselves as a result of the recession.

Nearly two thirds (72 percent) of Americans surveyed said they cut back on time spent volunteering, participating in groups and doing other civic activities in the past year, reports a study by the National Conference on Citizenship. While the majority of people have become less engaged, 66 percent of respondents believe other people have chosen to turn inward to cope with the recession rather than reaching out to help others.

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