Volunteering is to be discussed in UN General Assembly

01 Dec 2011


On 5th of December, the International Year of Volunteering +10 (IYV+10) will culminate in the special session on volunteering in General Assembly meeting in New York.

New Horizons - It is anticipated that a resolution on volunteering will be adopted, taking the objectives of the Anniversary year a step further.

This has already been preceded by a volunteering resolution adopted by the GA Social, Humanitarian Cultural Affairs Committee this November, which was backed by 93 co-sponsor countries, including Turkey.

It is 10 years since the International Year of Volunteers in 2001.

Through General Assembly Resolution 63/153 (2008), the United Nations called for this anniversary to be marked across the planet this year.

During the anniversary Year, the wide range of partners and stakeholders have aimed to promote the values of volunteering, to recognize the positive impacts of volunteering, to build and reinforce volunteering networks, and to facilitate people’s contributions to peace and the Millennium Development Goals through volunteering.

The Anniversary year has been marked also by a Global Summit on Volunteerism and the MDGs in September, launch of the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report in December, global online campaign and five regional, multi-stakeholder consultations, one of which was organized in Turkey.

Recommendations from the meetings will guide the work on UNV in Turkey into 2012 and beyond.