Plan of Action

Plan of Action 2016-2030 for integrating volunteering into peace and development
What is the Plan of Action?
A global framework through which the various stakeholders can support and leverage the potential of volunteerism as a tested and effective mechanism that deepens and broadens civic engagement and sustainable development outcomes.
Volunteer contributions to the SDGs in the 2018 Voluntary National Reviews
The Voluntary National Review (VNR) reports for 2018 demonstrate improved focus on documenting whole-of-society approaches to monitoring and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Overall 29 of 46 reporting countries (63%) documented the contributions of volunteers in 2018, increasing from 40% in 2017 and 9% in 2016. UN Volunteers provided direct support to 11 countries to strengthen data and analysis on volunteering for inclusion in the reports
UN Secretary General's Report on Volunteering 2018
In this report, the Secretary-General has highlighted several priority actions that will enable stakeholders to maximize the impact of voluntary efforts for peace and development under the 2030 Agenda. A shift from ad hoc and isolated volunteer projects to sustainable investment at scale is needed to widen volunteering opportunities and ensure the inclusion of all types of people. Increased practice- sharing and knowledge development, in particular on informal volunteering and volunteering in fragile and low-income contexts, are required.
How can stakeholders engage in the Plan of Action?
His Excellency Ruben Armando Escalante Hasbun, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the UN speaks at the UNV launch of the second State of the World’s Volunteerism report in New York. (Joel Sheakoski, 2015)
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Call for National Situation Analysis (NSA) on Volunteerism
The 2015 Report of the UN Secretary-General (A/70/118) presented the plan of action to integrate volunteering for the next decade and beyond. In line with paragraph 115 of this report, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is calling UN Member States to contribute with their National Situation Analysis (NSA) on volunteerism in consultation with the UN, civil society and volunteer-involving organizations.
Join the consultation among UN Member States and stakeholders in the region on integrating volunteerism in peace and development efforts. The regional synthesis report for Europe will also be presented and discussed.