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Follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers
17 September 2008

Bonn, Germany: The present report is submitted in response to General Assembly resolution 60/134, in which the Assembly referred to actions taken since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001 and called for follow-up by relevant parts of the United Nations system. The Assembly requested the Secretary-General to report to it at its sixty-third session on the implementation of the resolution and to include proposals on ways to mark the tenth anniversary of the International Year.

Taking the overall situation of volunteerism since 2001 into account, the report focuses in particular on developments since the adoption of resolution 60/134 in 2005. Follow-up to the results of the International Year continues, despite national disparities in the implementation of the outcome recommendations (see A/57/352). The level of adoption also varies within the United Nations system. Proposals on possible ways to mark the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers in 2011 included in the report and others that will be developed at regional and country levels are expected to build on the growth and diversification of volunteerism that the International Year helped to stimulate.