The Voluntary National Reviews of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize the contributions of volunteers to peace and development efforts. But how can voluntary action be better mobilized and used to strengthen resilience and promote long-term transformational developmental processes and the achievement of the SDGs?
On 18 July 2018, the side event, The thread that binds: a global conversation on volunteerism and community resilience, took place during the High-level Political Forum 2018 in New York, USA and online. The interactive side event heard the perspectives of some of the one billion volunteers contributing to the resilience of their communities and facilitated a discussion on how volunteers, Member States, and development partners can best collaborate with communities to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Watch the replay of the event and see the highlights below:
Ms. Coline Peyre (right), co-chair of the Volunteers Groups Alliance, opened the side event while Mr. Toily Kurbanov (left), Deputy Executive Coordinator of UNV, moderated the discussions. In her opening remarks, Ms. Peyre emphasized the role of volunteer-involving organizations in strengthening the resilience of communities across the world.
His Excellency Ambassador Mr.Mohamed Gad, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN shared concrete examples of how volunteers support Egypt's progress towards realizing SDGs.
Ms. Phara Policar, a volunteer with New York Cares, shared experiences of her work in communities both in Haiti and in the United States, and what she values about volunteering for community resilience.
His Excellency Ambassador Mr. Brian Flynn, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN talked about some ways in which governments and volunteers can collaborate to build more resilient societies.
Will volunteers be the last line of defense or the first line of prevention when addressing shocks and stresses? UNV's Mr. Toily Kurbanov and Ms. Maggie Carroll presented the 2018 State of the World's Volunteerism Report.