Volunteers vital to success of new global development agenda

Jul 1, 2015

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 was launched globally by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 5 June.

New Horizons - This publication is the first global review of evidence around the contribution of volunteers to enhanced governance, a pre-requisite for the success of the new Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed at the United Nations in September.

The new post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed at the United Nations in September, will only succeed if they include the voices of all people, and look into ways to engage communities more effectively, including through the power of volunteers and volunteering.

“We are showing the opportunities that Volunteering offers to countries and societies to improve sustainability, outreach, and scope of development results by engaging people… By creating environments for people to volunteer their time, it is possible to use their skills and knowledge for the common good in the sphere of governance,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

Speaking at the launch of the report in New York, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said: “The potential of volunteers to help create truly people-centered development is enormous, but, as yet, far from fully tapped. Achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals will be helped by the participation of all sections of society. Volunteers have a critical role to play in representing the voices of those who are often excluded from development decisions, including women and other groups who may be marginalized”.

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 says there is widespread agreement that future development efforts will have to include different approaches in order to better engage people in their own, their communities’ and their countries’ development.

With this Report, United Nations Volunteers aim is to spark a global conversation about the untapped potential of volunteers in this area of governance that is so critical to future development success. As the world’s governments prepare a new roadmap to overcome sustainable development challenges, volunteers can be catalysts for inclusive development in their communities, countries and the world.

To access the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015, please visit: www.volunteeractioncounts.org/en/swvr-2015.html.

For further information regarding the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, please visit www.unv.org and the UNV 2014 Annual Report at www.unv.org/annual-report-2014.

To find out more about UNV programme in Turkey, please visit: www.tr.undp.org/content/turkey/en/home/ourwork/partners/un-volunteers.html