Global Synthesis Report: Plan of Action to Integrate Volunteering into the 2030 Agenda

The Global Synthesis Report reviews the progress made against the three objectives of the Plan of Action to Integrate Volunteering in the 2030 Agenda. It is based on evidence and data gathered from 43 National Situation Analysis, Voluntary National Reviews submitted between 2016–2019, on-site and online consultations with different Plan of Action stakeholders, including regional consultations and other evidence generation activities.


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Volunteering Practices in the 21st Century

The research paper presents an updated framework looking at the different dimensions and categories of expressions of volunteering in the 21st century. It builds upon theUN volunteer typology discussed in 1999, takinginto account the rapid and widespread changes in the social, political, economic and technological landscapes across the globe. The paper also examinesthe face of volunteering in so-called Global South communities and reflectsthe diversity of volunteering practices in low- and middle-income countries.


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Flourishing in the New Normal. Reimagining Volunteering: 2030 and Beyond

The think piece challenges long-held assumptions about what is needed to achieve social progress, sustainability, equity and justice. It also raises questions on how governments and volunteering bodies can respond to the 'new normal' and their ability to create a broader space for citizen engagement.



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Measuring Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda: Toolbox of Principles, Tools and Practices

This toolbox draws on guidance from United Nations entities, initiatives by national governments, civil society and the private sector, and new research from leading innovators to showcase principles, tools and practices in this field. It benchmarks approaches to measuring volunteering both for its inherent value and to reflect the contributions volunteers make to economic, social and environmental development under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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NV Knowledge Portal on Volunteerism

The UNV Knowledge Portal on Volunteerism contains global, regional and national data and evidence on volunteerism.  It features a Volunteering Database which displays datasets on the measurement of volunteer work and an enabling environment for volunteering such as laws, policies and schemes on volunteering.  It also showcases an Evidence Library which consolidates evidence products and provides deeper dives into thematic issues that are relevant to volunteerism.

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Global Technical Meeting Daily Digest

This newsletter summarizes the daily highlights and key messages of the sessions of the Global Technical Meeting.


Final Report – Global Technical Meeting 2020: Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda

Separated by screens, but united in purpose. 2020 is the year of virtual gatherings. It was no different for the Global Technical Meeting (GTM2020) on “Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda.” Speakers from nearly 60 countries and thousands of participants from United Nations (UN) member states, civil society, academia and think tanks, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, IFRC and UN entities, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, as well as volunteers joined together for this online discussion amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full report on the GTM2020, looking at the different sessions, the global Call to Action and our plans for the future.

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