December 15, 2010

IYV+10 - the International Year of Volunteers plus ten


★ Background of the International Year of Volunteers, IYV

In 2011 the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) will be marked by celebrations and activities at the global, regional and national level by volunteer involving organizations, governments, UN agencies, foundations and other stakeholders. Building on the momentum and success of IYV in 2001, the objective of IYV+10 is to recognize the important contributions made by volunteers and to celebrate volunteering as an expression of our common humanity and as a means of building mutual respect, understanding, trust, solidarity and reciprocity. United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program has been designated as the focal point for IYV+10 in order to catalyse action at national, regional and global level. UNV will support national IYV+10 committees and will bring together diverse stakeholders towards a comprehensive and inclusive volunteerism vision and agenda during IYV+10 and beyond. UNV will encourage linkages between the different members and partners of the international stakeholders committed to marking IYV+10.

The idea for IYV emerged from deliberations among several major international NGOs in the early 1990s. The formal proposal to proclaim 2001 as the International Year of Volunteers was made by the Japanese government, co-sponsored by 123 countries, and was approved by the UN General Assembly. Aimed at increased recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering, the International Year of Volunteers 2001 (IYV) provided a unique opportunity to highlight the achievements of the millions of volunteers worldwide who devote some time of their lives to serving others, and to encourage more people globally to engage in volunteer activity.

★ Overall goal of marking IYV+10

The overall goal of marking IYV+10 is focused on promoting greater global recognition of the contribution of volunteerism to society and to achieving peace and development (at the regional and national levels).

★ About the Universal Declaration on Volunteering

In 2001, the UN International Year of the Volunteer, the IAVE World Volunteer Conference, held in Amsterdam in January 2001, was officially recognized as the opening event of the year. The Universal Declaration on Volunteering was adopted by the Board of Directors of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) at the Conference. IAVE members all around the world played an important part in the Year’s events in their country, and one of the closing events of the Year was an IAVE International Youth Conference held in Japan.

Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind - the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety, and justice for all people..

Full version of the Universal Declaration on Volunteering.

★ Sign up as a supporter of IYV+10

IAVE is calling on volunteers worldwide to sign up in support of the tenth anniversary of the UN International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) in 2011. To build momentum for this important anniversary, we need you to add your voice to the call to make IVY+10 another landmark year for volunteering.

Get On Board and Sign On Today!

★ In Celebration of IYV+10..

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the UN International Year of Volunteers (IYV +10) and IAVE’s 40th anniversary, an affiliated Youth Volunteer Conference will be held on January 21 – 23 and a biennial IAVE World Volunteer Conference will be held on January 24 – 27 2011. In the spirit of highlighting the impact of volunteering on communities, the conference theme is ‘Volunteering to Change the World’. As this IYV +10 conference is to review the impact of volunteers since IYV and to assess what’s needed to move forward, it is time for the world volunteering community to seriously look into itself to see what we have achieved, where we have fallen short, and how we can organize ourselves better to impact societies and the world we live in more strategically and in tangible, felt ways. This conference will also be the opening event of the year. Through this conference, it is hoped that volunteer capital is truly recognized by governments, by businesses and by the not-for-profit sector itself for what it has to offer as an equal partner in building communities in a sustained manner.

★ For more upcoming events and related news about the IYV+10 celebration:

IYV+10 Volunteer Video Competition

IAVE World Volunteer Conference in Singapore 2011

IAVE Asia Pacific Regional Volunteer Conference in Korea 2011 

IAVE World Youth Summit in Colombia 2011

IYV+10 Vision Statement

IYV+10 Meeting At UNV Headquarters

Towards a European Year of Volunteering (EYV) 2011

Opportunities for Action

The IYV+10 Logo

IYV+10 Brochure

UN Mellennium Development Goals (MDGs)


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