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Report of the Secretary-General: Follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers
16 July 2012

This report is in response to the requests of the General Assembly, in its resolutions 63/153 and 66/67, that the Secretary-General report to it at its sixty-seventh session on the implementation of the recommendations contained in those resolutions and on the marking of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers, 2001, and to propose recommendations to further integrate volunteerism in peace and development during the next decade and beyond.

For the decade ahead, this report highlights how the promotion, recognition, facilitation, networking and integration of local, national and international volunteering, including that of young people, can significantly contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, foster social cohesion and enhance social inclusion, life skills, employability, resilience and community well-being. Volunteerism should be an integral part of the post-2015 development framework. The mainstreaming of volunteer engagement will ensure that people are placed at the heart of sustainable peace and development efforts.