Shape the Future of Volunteering: Online Conversations

Volunteers are playing a key role in implementing the 2030 Agenda, but they cannot act alone.  Through the Plan of Action, governments, UN, civil society, private sector and academia come together to integrate and accelerate the contribution of volunteers to the Sustainable Development Goals.  The Plan of Action Online Conversations Platform is a virtual space for everyone interested to share ideas, discuss, and build momentum on the reimagining of volunteering for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

What is the Plan of Action Online Conversations Platform? 
The Plan of Action Online Conversations Platform is a virtual space for everyone interested to share ideas, discuss, and build momentum on the reimagining of volunteering for the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

Why take part? 
The online conversations are taking place to bring together and hear as many diverse voices as possible to better understand the contribution of volunteering to the Sustainable Development Goals. It will bring together everyone who is interested to discuss innovative ideas on how volunteering can be improved so that it remains relevant in the 21st century. Your voice matters. By participating in the conversations, you will help shape the future of volunteering. 

How can you take part? 
Go to planofaction.insights.us and enter a discussion room where you can respond to questions, highlight comments and discuss among peers. There will be three discussion rooms (topics are explained below) which will run for an initial period of 6 weeks from 9 April to 30 May. At the end of the conversations, we will consolidate your ideas and inform you of the outcomes. 

What are the themes?

  • Reimagining youth volunteering: We need your ideas on how we can shape volunteering to support young people in the 21st century. This could mean policies, investments, programmes, supports and ideas that help young people from all backgrounds to benefit from volunteering, while making an impact on the challenges that the world faces in 2019 and beyond. 

  • Volunteers as SDG accelerators: We need your ideas on how volunteering can really bolster efforts to accelerate the SDGs and reach the furthest behind. This could mean looking at distinctive contributions volunteers make to the SDGs, and understanding which development challenges are volunteers well-placed to address.

  • Future of volunteering: We need your ideas on how we can work together to improve volunteering so that it remains relevant for the 21st century. This could mean sharing your vision of the future of volunteering and your ideas on how we can come together to enhance 2030 Agenda ownership, integrate volunteering and better measure the impact of volunteers on the SDGs. 

How can you help promote the platform?
We would like to reach the widest possible audience and are counting on you for your support. Please feel free to share the link planofaction.insights.us on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. 

What’s next? 
This is our first attempt to kick off conversations and build momentum on volunteering and the 2030 Agenda. Throughout 2019, we will host other thematic conversations in different languages, and involving diverse stakeholders. In 2020, we will then bring organizations together to discuss your ideas and to engage with decision-makers about what needs to be done. More information will be shared on www.unv.org/planofaction

 


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

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

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

PLAN OF ACTION SYNTHESIS REPORTS ON INTEGRATING VOLUNTEERING INTO THE 2030 AGENDA IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

> Last update: 25 April 2019