FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. How can I join the meeting? Please register via the registration form. The virtual GTM2020 will take place via Zoom. The links to the separate Zoom sessions will be sent to registered participants via email before the event. If you do not receive an email despite having registered, please check your junk mail folder.

 

  1. Who can attend the meeting? Anyone who is interested and has previously registered can attend the meeting.

 

  1. Will I be able to speak at the meeting? Attendees will be able to ask questions, make comments and engage in discussions with the wider audience and speakers. Formal speaking engagements will be delivered by select individuals who will have undergone a process of review and selection based on a set of criteria set by the Secretariat.

 

  1. When does the meeting take place? The meeting takes place over three consecutive days from 14 to 16 July 2020. You can find a more detailed schedule and sessions in the meeting agenda

 

  1. In which languages will the meeting be held? The GTM2020 will be held mostly in English. However, simultaneous interpretation will be available for all six official UN languages. In order to be able to use the interpretation services, you will have to download and install the Zoom application on your device and sign in to Zoom. Once you enter the Zoom sessions, you will then be able to select your preferred language channel.

 

  1. Where can I find more information about the event, agenda, and content? Under the Programme section, you can find the agenda, speaker biographies, and other resources about the event.

 

  1. What is the outcome of this meeting? As the Global Technical Meeting (GTM2020) on ‘Reimagining Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda’ concludes, a global Call to Action will be issued. It will be a message of recognition and appreciation of the frontline role of volunteers in addressing global challenges and will advocate for the need to reimagine volunteering as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic in the years to come.

 

  1. What pocesses have shaped the GTM2020? The GTM2020 will be the culmination of the Plan of Action to Integrate Volunteering into the 2030 Agenda, proposed by the UN Secretary-General in 2015 at the request of the General Assembly in 2012. Under the facilitation and coordination of the Plan of Action Secretariat, a series of activities were carried out over the past three years, including National Situation Analyses in 2018 by UN Member States, which have fed into five regional synthesis reports, Based on these reports, regional consultations were held in 2019 on the margins of the UN facilitated Regional Forum on Sustainable Development. These consultations provided substantive evidence and data to feed into the GTM2020 debate.  In addition, several thousand people from all over the world shared their views and ideas through online consultations on reimagining volunteering. The four thematic areas of the GTM2020 have been thoroughly prepared by four respective task teams, which are composed of a range of different stakeholders from academia, civil society, volunteer involving organizations, IFRC and the UN system from all over the world.

 

  1. Who requested this meeting and why is the meeting co-chaired by IFRC and UNV? In its 2015 Resolution A/RES/70/129 titled ‘Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond’ and its 2018 Resolution A/RES/73/140 titled ‘Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda’, the UN General Assembly asked UNV and IFRC to jointly organize the GTM2020 as a special event on the margins of the High-level Political Forum in 2020.

 

  1. How can I promote the meeting and its content within my community and on social media? You can share information on the meeting with your professional and personal networks and engage with us on social media. We will be using the hashtags #volunteerSDGs and you can, too! Please feel free to engage with us and others by visiting www.volunteerSDGs.org  in the lead-up to the meeting and to share the discussions with your own networks.

 

  1. Is the meeting accessible for persons with disabilities? Yes, we want to ensure that all people can participate. Please get in touch with us via the contact form to let us know about your needs.

 

  1. Will the meeting take place despite the recent COVID-19 outbreak? The preparatory work to organize the GTM2020 continues and the necessary measures are being taken to make the meeting fully virtual. For any changes, we will update you accordingly.