Shape the Future of Volunteering: Plan of Action Online Dialogues

The Plan of Action provides an unprecedented opportunity to shape the future of volunteering for the 2030 Agenda. As a key stakeholder of the Plan of Action, we invite you to share your knowledge and experiences and take part in the online dialogues on how volunteering can be reimagined for the 2030 Agenda.

Volunteering is a powerful means to engage people to work together – yet it remains a largely untapped resource with huge potential to accelerate and achieve a people-centric and socially-inclusive 2030 Agenda. To realize this potential, the Plan of Action secretariat is reviewing the role of volunteerism in achieving and localizing the SDGs and creating a knowledge base that is inclusive of good practices, lessons learned and data sets using inputs from its stakeholders.  In line with this, the secretariat is holding stakeholder consultations and virtual fora to further shape and inform further dialogues on the contribution of volunteerism for the 2030 Agenda.

The online consultation will focus on three areas:

  1. Volunteering for greater inclusion: Volunteering can include people who are furthest left behind, but not always.  What steps need to be taken to ensure that everyone - regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, income – can volunteer and benefit from volunteering? Why and how can volunteering be weaved into broader discussions around inequality and inclusion? 
  2. Evidence for policy making:  Volunteers play a key role in implementing the SDGs, but more evidence is needed to fully understand their impact. What types of evidence do we need to fully and systematically leverage the potential of volunteerism? And how can we systematically collect and verify data on volunteering? Please share any research, measurement, initiatives and other knowledge products on the scale, scope and contribution of volunteering to the SDGs. 
  3. Reimagining volunteerism: Through the Plan of Action, you can shape the future of volunteering so that it can make the biggest impact on the SDGs. What kind of future do you envision and how can we get there? What are some key action areas and gaps to be addressed to ensure that volunteers are recognized, engaged and empowered for the 2030 Agenda? Why?

The consultations will open in March 2019. Stay tuned. For more information, please contact poa.secretariat@unv.org 

Resources:

PLAN OF ACTION SYNTHESIS REPORTS ON INTEGRATING VOLUNTEERING INTO THE 2030 AGENDA IN THE UNECE REGION

PLAN OF ACTION SYNTHESIS REPORTS ON INTEGRATING VOLUNTEERING INTO THE 2030 AGENDA IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION

> Last update: 21 March 2019