Recognition of volunteerism called for in the UN report

05 Dec 2011

State of the World’s Volunteerism Report launched in Volunteering Conference 5th of December.

Istanbul First ever “United Nations State of the World’s Volunteerism Report” will be 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 will take place on the same day. The UN report will be 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 is now organising 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, which will be 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. 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 will be 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.

International Year of Volunteering +10

IYV+10 is a global campaign, initiated by the UN, to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteering. The campaign calls everyone – UN agencies, governments, volunteer organisation, civil society, private sector – to celebrate volunteerism as an expression of our common humanity. They are encouraged to recognise the role of volunteerism in building solidarity and respects, in helping both individuals and society at large, achieving Millennium Development Goals and in contributing towards human development.

About Centre for European Union Education and Youth Programmes (Turkish National Agency)

The Center for European Union Education and Youth Programmes, also known as Turkish National Agency,  is responsible for the implementation of Life Long Learning  and Youth in Action Programmes which are of the European Union Community Programmes that Turkey has full accession in 2004. Its main duty is to implement the programmes which offers mobility and training, financial support in education and youth sectors mainly within European Union and other countries and international institutions. For further information please visit

About UN Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV has established an office in Turkey in June 2011.

About TEGV

Founded on 23 January 1995, The Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV) evolved into the most widespread NGO in Turkey operating in the field of education. The objective of Education Volunteers is to create and implement educational programs and extracurricular activities for children, so thalat they can acquire skills, knowledge and attitudes to become rational, responsible, self-confident, peace-loving, inquisitive, cognizant individuals who can put their inner creativity to use, commit to the basic principles and values of the Turkish Republic, and respect diversity. With the help of its dedicated volunteers, Education Volunteers implements its original education programs in a variety of different activity locations throughout the country. For further information please visit

For additional information:
Serap Işıkcıus
Tel: +90 212 290 7093  

For additional information

Serap Işıkcıus

Tel: +90 212 290 7093

Questions regarding the State of the World Volunteering Report to

Ulla Gronlund
United Nations Volunteers (only English)
Tel: +90 312 454 1112