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IVCO 2014

Sign up to the Paris Accord!

Representatives of volunteer involving organisations from around the world gathered at IVCO 2013 in Paris 27th-30th October and developed The Paris Accord on Volunteering for Sustainable Development. This document underlines the power of volunteering for creating healthy, vibrant societies and to the achievement of future Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). So far, 50+ organisations working in more than 145 countries are signatories to the Paris Accord. If your organisation wishes to sign on as well, please send a message to [hide_email]. Read more »

Forum is a global network of organisations involved in international volunteering. We promote the value of volunteering for development through policy engagement, mutual learning and by sharing innovative and good practices. Read more about us…


Uniting for youth beyond 2015

“You have the energy to transform the world,” said the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi, encouraging youth worldwide to partner with the United Nations as the global community embarks on the road to sustainable development beyond 2015. The UN is working in many different ways to ensure that the voices of youth are heard.…read more


Secretary-General’s remarks at the Interactive Dialogue of the President of the General Assembly on Elements for an Accountability Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda I congratulate you, Mr. President, for organizing this dialogue on elements for an accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda. I commend this very timely and valuable initiative. The contours of the new post-2015 development agenda are coming into view. We have broad agreement that any development agenda must be a sustainable development agenda.…read more


Summary of UNV side event at CSW58 on gender, volunteerism and governance in the post-2015 development agenda

On 18 March, a UNV side event to the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) on ‘The power of engagement: gender, volunteerism and governance in the post-2015 development agenda’ discussed findings and experiences on ways to ensure that women’s participation in public life through volunteerism breaks barriers of gender stereotypes…read more


High Level and Thematic Debates of the President of the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly

Forum agrees that the full participation of women, the young and civil society in shaping the post-2015 development agenda

The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) believes that volunteering is critical to people-centred development. Diverse people coming together to share experience, skills and knowledge is fundamental to the post-2015 agenda. We believe that the engagement of young people in volunteering is particularly important. The full participation of women, the young and civil society…read more


Canada World Youth and IDW 2014

As a part of International Development Week 2014, from February 2nd – 8th, Canada World Youth is hosting a series of events across Canada to explore how we as Canadians, and citizens of the world, are working together to make a difference! These events aim to raise public awareness of the important contributions that youth…read more