• Potential role of volunteerism as an important expression of our common humanity and empowering change from the grassroots up especially through strong partnerships is the focus of the first ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR). The reportpromotes a better understanding of volunteerism and demonstrates the universality, scope and reach of volunteerism along with new trends in the twenty-first century. SWVR examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion, disaster risk reduction, governance and political participation.

  • A special issue of “The Peace Gong-the children’s newspaper” based on the four objectives of IYV+10 —recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of Volunteerism—has been initiated by Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation in association with UNV India and Anant Vikas Trust. The aim of this issue is to capture the voices of children across the world on VOLUNTEERING to facilitate efforts by children for a peaceful world. In view of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets, IYV+ 10 offers an opportunity to celebrate but also to assess the progress made towards achieving the objectives of IYV.

  • On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of International Year of Volunteers UNV India and iCONGO (Indian Confederation of NGOs) are pleased to announce UNV Karamveer Chakra. This award is an endeavour to promote volunteerism in general and recognition of exemplary voluntary actions in particular by recognising the invaluable contribution by volunteers to the achievement of MDGs.

  • To  draw attention to the dedicated community of volunteers and to mark IYV+10, UNV-India proposes publishing a special volume on Volunteerism which would further advance the recognition and promotion of volunteerism and enhance its facilitation at the local, national and international levels. The selected photographs would be considered for a  publication on volunteerism during 2011.

  • To raise awareness on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of  International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), Joining Hands, WWF and UNV organized an Inter-School Debate – ‘Inceptum 2011’ on 18 October 2011, New Delhi. Topic of the Debate was “Individual Social Responsibility; A Distant dream in achieving the Millennium Development Goals in India”.

  • 5th of June is celebrated as the World Environment Day and the week from 5th to 11th of June as the “World Environment Week” in collaboration with UNV, IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and many other organizations. Many organizations all over India consider joining hands in order to collectively organize campaigns on issues related to Corporate Sustainability and Environmental matters to have a larger reach and greater impact on such issues.

  • New Delhi, 05 September 2011- UNDP and United Nations Volunteers join a national awareness on climate change campaign “My Earth, My Duty” launched by Zee News.

  • Engaging youth in the community development initiatives is a promising way of providing them opportunities in meaningful ways. They can be very valuable resources to help close the gaps by lending support to developmentally appropriate activities and challenges. Their involvement also strengthens student-centred learning.

  • A one day seminar on Youth Volunteerism was held on 09 August 2011, at the UN Conference Hall, New Delhi. The Seminar was jointly organized by the Commonwealth Youth Programme(CYP), Asia Center, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and United Nations Volunteers(UNV). The aim of the seminar was to mark the conclusion of International Year of Youth, and observance of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10), first observed in 2001 as per a mandate given by the UN General Assembly with the objective to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteer service.

  • The first IYV+10 planning meeting was organized on 16 February, 2011 in New Delhi by UNV Country Office. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss formulation of the National Committee and taskforce to plan IYV+10 activities. Twenty organizations participated in the meeting and included representatives from the Government, UN agencies, civil society organizations, educational institutes, media and corporate houses.

  • We can end poverty. Meeting the Millennium Development Goals will require the engagement of millions of people through volunteer action.

  • This year, International Volunteer Day (IVD) comes at a vibrant time. ‘Share the Story’ is the theme of UNV’s IVD campaign. UNV is using social media to engage in a global online conversation focused on how volunteering contributes to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • On International Volunteer Day, we recognize millions of people around the world who give their time and talent to tackle global challenges: from volunteers working in their own communities on climate change adaptation and poverty reduction to those supporting global causes of peace, justice and the Millennium Development Goals.

  • Today, as we mark International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions volunteers are making to peace and development around the world, and towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

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