Around the world, people everywhere volunteer for the good of their communities and societies. Research has shown that their efforts are equal to that of 109 million full-time equivalent workers – a workforce that exceeds many global industries. Such volunteerism not only constitutes a major resource for the 2030 Agenda, but it can also give people a sense of ownership and belonging, transforming citizens from beneficiaries to agents of change.
The Plan of Action to Integrate Volunteering into the 2030 Agenda is a framework developed by Member States through UN General Assembly Resolutions to help governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector enhance the recognition and integration of volunteerism in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through the collective efforts of all stakeholders, the Plan of Action seeks to strengthen people’s ownership of the 2030 Agenda, integrate volunteering into national and international strategies, and improve measurement of the impact of volunteering.
The Regional Consultation on the Plan of Action to Integrate Volunteering into the 2030 Agenda in the ECLAC region is organized in the context of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development, as mandated by UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/73/140. The Consultation will provide a space for Plan of Action stakeholders from the ECLAC region to identify opportunities to support volunteers to accelerate SDG progress and maximize the potential of volunteering to tackle the region’s most pressing issues. Participants to the event will be invited to share innovations and best practices, discuss opportunities for new partnerships and approaches, and analyze ways to overcome common challenges. Findings from a regional synthesis report that draws on information submitted by ECLAC Member States on the scale, scope and impact of volunteerism across the region, will also be shared. Together the discussions and recommendations of the Regional Consultation will feed into further dialogues on the Plan of Action and inform a global synthesis report for a Global Technical Meeting to be held at the 2020 High-Level Political Forum and co-chaired by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United Nations Volunteers programme.
Participants attending the side events must be registered to the Forum at https://eventos.cepal.org/event/5/
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