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UN General Assembly adopts Resolution on volunteerism in the 2030 Agenda

26 November 2015

New York, USA: UN Resolution “Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond”, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly and co-sponsored by 100 Member States during its seventieth session, recognizes that volunteerism can be a powerful means of implementation for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The General Assembly also acknowledges the Plan of Action to integrate volunteering in peace and development during the next decade and beyond, calling upon Member States, the UN system and a wide range of stakeholders to support and resource the Plan, and recognizes UNV as the appropriate UN entity to support its implementation.

The Resolution, co-facilitated by Brazil and Japan counted one of the largest co-sponsorships at the Third Committee during this session. The text welcomes the latest report of the UN Secretary-General on volunteerism which summarizes progress since 2012 and presents the Plan of Action. The General Assembly also welcomes the publication of UNV’s State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015.

Welcoming the integration of volunteerism in the 2030 Agenda and in related key documents, Member States acknowledge the multi-stakeholder engagement at global and national level in the lead-up to the post-2015 Summit. For the first time, volunteer-involving organizations such as the International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) and the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) are explicitly mentioned in a UN Resolution.

In the Resolution, the General Assembly appreciates innovative forms of volunteering and encourages Governments, the private sector and other stakeholders to support the United Nations Online Volunteering service. Governments and other stakeholders are also urged to incorporate volunteerism into gender mainstreaming strategies. The Resolution also emphasizes the opportunities volunteerism offers to young people to contribute to peaceful and inclusive societies and for personal development.

The Resolution invites UNV to collaborate with partners such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) to organize a global meeting in 2020 to further strengthen the engagement and contributions of volunteers for the 2030 Agenda, and concludes requesting the Secretary-General to report in three years to the General Assembly on further progress and on the Plan of Action.

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