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04 June 2009
UN urges unity against climate change 
The United Nations is leading a powerful new campaign to encourage governments to seal the deal on a fair, balanced and effective climate agreement - and volunteers can make a difference.

The Seal the Deal! campaign is mobilizing civil society along with political leaders and the business sector on an ambitious, global scale to raise a strong call for urgent and united action on climate change.  Read article

More about: Environment
02 June 2009
More aid, support and exchanges for ASEAN  
Korea announced a plan to increase support of the Korea-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) relationship by expanding Korea's official development assistance to the association's 10 member countries. Moreover, Korea will invite 7,000 students and workers from ASEAN countries by 2015 for vocational training, while sending 10,000 Korean volunteers to share advanced technology in the information and telecommunications sectors.  Visit site
05 May 2009
America's top ten youth volunteers 
Washington, D.C., United States: For their extraordinary efforts in serving others through volunteerism, ten middle and high school students were named America’s top ten youth volunteers for 2008 in a ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters.   Visit site
22 April 2009
Obama signs national service legislation 
Washington, D.C., United States: President Obama signed into law a measure designed to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting federal funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education.  Read article
20 April 2009
Hundreds at information fair for volunteer work abroad by Kitty Holland
Dublin, Ireland: People of all ages and from all walks of life are considering volunteering overseas if the turnout at a volunteering information fair this weekend is anything to go by. The fair, hosted by Irish Aid at its O’Connell Street headquarters in Dublin, saw 23 organisations set up information stands where members of the public could drop by or register their interest.  Visit site

From: Irish Times, Dublin, Ireland
More about: Ireland  Advocacy
15 April 2009
Need to streamline voluntary work emphasized by Hayat Al-Ghamdi
Abha, Saudi Arabia: Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khaled yesterday opened an international forum on volunteerism at Abha Palace Hotel and emphasized the need for conducting charitable and voluntary activities in a more organized and transparent manner. "Charitable and voluntary work can be carried out effectively through management, planning and consultancy. There is no room for individual discretions and this work requires more clarity and transparency," he said.  Visit site
09 April 2009
Public service on the cusp of becoming a national movement 
New York, United States: Many non-profit organisations are seeing an increase in people looking to help. Non-profit organisations now have 9.4m employees and 4.7m full-time volunteers nationwide. Corporate America, too, is joining in. Moreover, the Edward Kennedy Serve America Act, passed on March 31st, will devote $5.7 billion over five years to expanding or creating national-service programmes.  Visit site

From: The Economist, London, England
08 April 2009
Formulate guidelines to promote volunteerism 
Dhaka, Bangladesh: The government should formulate guidelines to promote volunteerism, which is the best tool to achieve sustainable development, speakers at a national workshop on volunteerism said yesterday.  Visit site

From: The Daily Star, Lebanon
More about: Bangladesh  Advocacy  Policy
06 April 2009
Study on virtual volunteering 
Toronto, Canada: York University in Toronto, Canada is investigating the motivational factors that lead young people to become Virtual Volunteers.  The survey is open to anyone aged 18-30 who volunteers online with an organization in the international youth-led development, environmental or social innovation sector.

By participating in this research, you will help the academic community learn more about who is a virtual volunteer, information which will help improve the overall experience of virtual volunteers as online 'agents of change'. The deadline is 13 April! Click below to take part...

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More about: Online volunteering
29 March 2009
Civic groups eyed for volunteer services by Genalyn Kabiling
Manila, The Philippines: The Government plans to create a National Volunteer Service Corps that will provide assistance to poor Filipinos struggling from the impact of the global financial crisis. Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said President Arroyo has started to meet with various civic organizations, professional groups, and business chambers to solicit their volunteer work for the country.  Visit site

From: Manila Bulletin, Manila, Philippines

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