The United Nations is now engaged in a consultative process to develop a Post-2015 Development Agenda, with renewed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-2030.
IAVE – The International Association of Volunteer Effort believes that volunteering, in all of the myriad ways it happens throughout the world, must be seen as an essential strategic asset to achieve those goals.
As stated by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in December 2009: ‘Volunteerism is a source of community strength, resilience, solidarity and social cohesion. It brings positive social change by fostering respect for diversity, equality and the participation of all. It is among society’s most vital assets.”
As the only global network whose sole purpose is to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering throughout the world, IAVE calls on governments at all levels, NGOs and the business community to work together to ensure that volunteering and the role of volunteer groups are:
This call is rooted in IAVE’s history and core philosophy. Created in 1970 by inspired volunteers throughout the world, IAVE was built on the premise that volunteering is a high-value way to address the world’s most pressing human, social, economic and environmental problems. It brings the skills, energy and commitment of individuals and their organizations into active engagement. It benefits the people, communities and causes that volunteers serve and is of enduring value to those who volunteer, helping them lead more productive, fulfilling and healthier lives.
Through the Universal Declaration on Volunteering, created and adopted by the IAVE Board of Directors in 1990 and revitalized in 2011, the global volunteer community was invited to join in realizing this vision of volunteering:
“Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind – the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety and justice. Volunteering, either through individual or group action, is a way in which:
We invite our colleagues in all sectors to endorse this Call to Action and take positive, collaborative action to achieve this recognition of volunteering as critical to the Post-2015 Development Agenda and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.