September 17, 2013
2012 WORLD VOLUNTEER CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED
We are very pleased to announce that IAVE’s 22nd World Volunteer Conference (WVC2012) will be held in London, England, on December 10-12, 2012. The venue will be the Church House Conference Centre that stands in the shadow of Westminster Abbey in the heart of London.
“This conference will be an opportunity for us to build on the momentum of IYV+10, carry through our strategic priorities and bring together leaders of volunteering from throughout the world,” said Dr. Kang-Hyun Lee, World President of IAVE, in sharing the decision of IAVE’s board of directors.
“At the same time,” he continued, “this conference will be a unique undertaking for us. It will be more limited in scope and attendance, focused primarily on corporate volunteering, volunteer centers, global NGOs and IAVE’s own internal volunteer leadership network.”
The conference will offer a series of “firsts:”
- the first Global Summit on Corporate Volunteering, featuring the launch of the IAVE Global Corporate Volunteering Awards;
- the first Global Convening of Volunteer Centers, with special emphasis on bringing together the national volunteer centers of the world;
- the first Global Dialogue on NGO-Corporate Volunteer Partnerships, featuring leaders from global companies and international NGOs and a focus on the partnership response to natural and man-made disasters;
- the first IAVE Leadership Development Program for IAVE board members and regional and national representatives, a time for capacity building, planning and network development.
It also will be the first world conference planned and executed solely by IAVE.
Kathi Dennis, IAVE Executive Director, stresses that “development of all of the details of the conference are on a ‘fast track’ and will emerge over the next six to eight weeks. Please check the IAVE website and the IAVE Facebook page for breaking news about the conference.”
While each constituent group will have its own meeting tracks, all will come together in plenaries, in planned cross-group dialogue and work sessions as well as in social settings.
The engagement of young people, ages 15 to 30, will be a key component of the discussions by each constituent group with invited participation by key leaders of youth volunteering, building on work done at the 2nd World Summit on Youth Volunteering in November 2011.