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(Left to right) The UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, and the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, at the High-level Stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. (UN, 2014)
United Nations high level leadership publicly acknowledge volunteers’ contribution to sustainable development
12 September 2014
New York, USA: The President of the UN General Assembly called for recognition of volunteerism at the High-level Stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report.  This event was organized by the outgoing President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, to provide the Secretary-General, member states, UN agencies and other stakeholders with a final moment of joint reflection, review and assessment of all inputs received through the different streams of the post-2015 process.    Read
   
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During the Conference of Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in September, 2014, UNV and the New Zealand Volunteer Service Abroad jointly hosted a panel discussion on volunteerism and partnership.  Panel members included, from left to right, in the back row, Giles Romulus, National Co-ordinator, Global Environment Fund, UNDP (St Lucia); Le Tagaloa Junior Ulu, International Programme Manager, Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand); Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation/Fiji Volunteer Service (Fiji). In the front row are Rachel Nunn, volunteer and young professional, Pacific Emerging Environment Leaders (Hawai’i); Ulla Gronlund, UNV Programme Officer, UNV Fiji Field Unit; Dr Gillian Greer, CEO Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand); Maiava Visekota Peteru, President, YWCA Samoa (Samoa); and Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, President, Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters. (Angie Enoka, communications volunteer with VSA (New Zealand), 2014.
UNV-VSA panel at SIDS conference agrees: volunteerism strengthens partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals
11 September 2014
Apia, Samoa: Speakers on the panel discussion jointly hosted by UNV and the Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand) in Apia, Samoa agreed that volunteerism strengthen partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable development goals. The panel discussion was held during the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which drew more than 3,000 participants to the South Pacific and closed having produced a draft outcome document that recognizes the relevance of civil society role in sustainable more development for its members. Read
Speakers at the UNV workshop on "Volunteering post-2015: telling the story of people's engagement" (New York, 29 August 2014). Left to right: Philippe Fragnier, CECI Canada, representing the Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group; Kate Turner, VSO, community volunteer in Rwanda; Nita Kapoor, FORUM Chair and Director General of FK Norway (Joel Sheakoski/UNV, 2014)
Civil society supports volunteer role for development after 2015
04 September 2014
Less than 500 days ahead of the new development agenda, the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference on "2015 and beyond: our action agenda" (New York, 27-29 August 2014) gathered thousands of civil society partners from all over the world. The strong presence of volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs) throughout the Conference clearly impacted its Final Declaration, which features important mentions of the role of volunteers for sustainable development. Read
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