“Can the volunteerism be a remedy for global crisis?”

01 Dec 2011

First ever “United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report” has been launched in New York on 5th of December 2011 at the United Nations General Assembly and in many countries around the world; a national launch in Turkey has taken place on the same day.


New Horizons - The UN report has been launched  in conference organised by Educational Volunteer Foundation TEGV, in cooperation with the Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes (Turkish National Agency) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in the scope of 2011 European Year of Volunteering.

Annual ‘Volunteering’ conferences, which TEGV organised in Istanbul for the 6th time on the International Volunteer Day 5 December, now has a theme of ‘Volunteer! Make a Difference’ to mark European Year of Volunteering and 10th anniversary of United Nations International Year of Volunteering.
 
The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report commissioned by the United Nations Volunteers that launched in the conference, aims at bringing into light the role and contribution of volunteering in peace and development and to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals.

To share the message with the Turkish public, the Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes (Turkish National Agency) has translated and printed the report into Turkish.

The first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) promotes a better understanding of volunteerism by demonstrating its universality, scope and reach and by discussing new trends in volunteerism in the twenty-first century.

The Report examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion, disaster risk reduction, governance and political participation.

SWVR also provides an alternative vision of a better society and considers how to take volunteerism forward.

The SWVR is expected to enhance recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism worldwide.

Even without the multiple crises that have afflicted the world in recent years, it is obvious that the efforts of governments and international actors need to be reinforced by the people.

MDGs and volunteers

Meeting and sustaining internationally agreed development targets, including the Millennium Development Goals, needs the voluntary engagement and support of the people.

Yet volunteerism still remains largely absent from the peace and development agenda. The report shows that this must change.

The first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) brings to light an unacknowledged renewable resource; and shows why volunteerism, in its many and diverse forms, is crucial to human development.

The first SWVR has been presented to the United Nations General Assembly on 5 December 2011 in New York, United States.

It will also be launched in many countries around the world as part of global and national events being supported by UNV to mark IYV+10.