Policy documents: United Nations
In the period leading up to the International Year of Volunteers 2001, and during the Year itself, there was a high level of exposure at national and international levels given to volunteerism. This was instrumental in the  consideration given by many UN Member States of steps that could be taken to promote various aspects of voluntary action. As a consequence, a number of  UN General Assembly resolutions on volunteering were adopted and references to volunteering appeared in the outcome documents of several thematic UN and other international conferences. Here are listed the resolutions pertaining to volunteerism that have been adopted by the UN General Assemby and other UN bodies.
20 December 2012
UN Resolution 67/138: Integrating volunteering in the next decade 
The UN General Assembly adopted the Resolution on "Integrating Volunteering in the Next Decade", which was co-facilitated by Brazil and Japan.    Read article
16 July 2012
Report of the Secretary-General: Follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers 
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.  Read article
20 February 2012
IYV+10 - the General Assembly Resolution 
On 5 December 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/66/67 on marking the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
03 April 2009
Volunteerism is "a means to promoting social integration": UN 
"Opening opportunities for volunteerism is increasingly seen as a means to promoting social integration," says the United Nations Commission on Social Development in its latest Chairperson's summary.   Read article
11 February 2009
UN Resolution 63/153: Follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers 
A resolution adopted by the United Nations General Assembly pertaining to the follow-up in 2011 to the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
17 September 2008
Follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers 
The International Year of Volunteers (IYV, 2001) marked a critical milestone in worldwide efforts to promote the role and potential of volunteerism for peace and development. The United Nations Secretary-General's report on the follow-up to IYV is now available to download in PDF format.  Read article
06 February 2006
Follow-up to the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers (2005) 
This UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/60/134), co-sponsored by 84 Member States and adopted on 16 December 2005, invites all stakeholders, especially from the private sector community and from private foundations, to support volunteerism as a strategic tool to enhance economic and social development, including by expanding corporate volunteering.   Read article
30 August 2005
UN Secretary-General’s report on IYV follow-up implementation (A/60/128) 
This is the UN Secretary-General’s report to the 60th session of the General Assembly on the follow-up of the implementation of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) 2001. The report A/60/128 highlights the major areas where the environment for expanding and diversifying levels of volunteerism can be strengthened. It concludes that while the momentum built up over IYV continues to provide the stimulation behind a vibrant volunteer movement, there are wide variations in trends between countries and regions.   Read article
12 October 2003
UNDP Essentials on volunteerism and development 
In this issue of ESSENTIALS, launched on International Volunteer Day, on the 5th of December, the reader is introduced to an analysis of successful volunteer interventions, lessons learned and good practices with examples drawn from evaluatory evidence in a variety of development contexts.  Read article
26 November 2002
Follow-up to the International Year of Volunteers 
This UN General Assembly resolution (A/RES/57/106), co-sponsored by 142 Member States and adopted on 26 November 2002, calls upon stakeholders to support volunteerism as a strategic tool to enhance economic and social development and requests the Secretary-General to report to the General Assembly at its 60th session on the implementation of the current resolution.   Read article

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