The launch of 2018 SWVR in China was co-hosted by UN Volunteers (UNV) programme and Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF). UNV Regional Manager for Asia and the Pacific Ms. Shalina Miah, Portfolio Manager and Deputy Ms. Manon Bernier, Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Youth League Mr. Li Jian and Secretary General of Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF) Mr. Li Lei chaired the launch. This was the first national launch of the 2018 SWVR in Asia and the Pacific region. The report’s findings on how volunteerism are building community resilience and key facts in the research about volunteerism in China were addressed.
Volunteerism is a mechanism to truly leave no one behind in the 2030 Agenda. By reaching out to people, including those most marginalized, volunteerism brings people’s voices and knowledge together to promote collective action" -- Ms. Shalina Miah, UNV Regional Manager for Asia and the Pacific
According to the 2018 SWVR, one of the key findings in the community research in China shows that partnerships or structures that engage volunteers can facilitate volunteer empowerment, and therefore help them acquire necessary resources and play a stronger role in communities. At the same time, in China, volunteerism facilitates social inclusion and helps to build trust: through the process of building resilience in communities, volunteers gain the trust of community members and help to build confidence. Local knowledge, commitment, and connectivity were identified as the most common distinctive characteristics of volunteers when examining two important cases, which are environmental protection and resilient infrastructure.
The Chinese version of the 2018 SWVR was launched as part of the 2018 NGO Beijing International Dialogue. Over 200 representatives from 50 national and international agencies participated. (UNV, 2018)
Furthermore, partnerships and legal frameworks were seen as important to ensure a strong role for volunteerism in building resilience in China. The support from UNV’s long-standing partner- Beijing Volunteer Service Federation on the field research and technical guidance in China is also vital for the success of the 2018 SWVR.
Along with the deepening of Belt and Road Initiative, non-governmental organizations will play a more important role in promoting people-to-people bond among the Belt and Road countries. Besides, volunteerism will help civil organizations expand their influence on the international stage. We hope to take this opportunity to deepen our collaboration with UNV and promote the development of international volunteerism.” -- Mr. Li Jian, Deputy Secretary-General of Beijing Youth League
Chinese version of the 2018 SWVR. (UNV, 2018)
The 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report is a United Nations flagship publication that presents new evidence on the role of volunteerism in building community resilience. The report explores how governments and development actors can best engage with volunteerism to nurture its most beneficial characteristics while mitigating against potential harms to the most vulnerable. In doing so, the report is an important contribution to the evidence base on inclusive, citizen-led approaches to resilience-building.