World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) 2002
04 September 2002
For the first time, volunteerism is mentioned explicitly in Earth Summit documentation. The WSSD Plan of Implementation specifically notes, in paragraph 150, the importance of major groups in achieving sustainable development. Stakeholders are encouraged to: “Enhance partnerships between governmental and non-governmental actors, including all major groups, as well as volunteer groups, on programmes and activities for the achievement of sustainable development at all levels.” In addition, paragraph 116 calls for a “wide range of formal and non-formal continuing educational opportunities, including volunteer community service programmes, in order to end illiteracy and emphasize the importance of lifelong learning and promote sustainable development”.