Seoul Call to Action

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Representatives of international volunteer cooperation organisations and volunteer involving organisations from around the world gathered in Seoul 22-26 October 2017 for the annual meeting of the International Forum for Volunteering in Development, on the theme Implementation of the SDGs through a transformative partnership in volunteering. The conference sub-themes were Enabling Environment, Innovation and Measurement.

A diverse group of organisations, including civil society, government agencies, UN bodies, academia and the private sector, Forum members work in partnership at home and across borders for a more just and sustainable world. We are committed, collectively and in partnership with others, to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to addressing poverty and inequality, and to the recognition of the importance of volunteerism in achieving this universal agenda.

Two years after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda, volunteering for development in all its forms remains a powerful and cross-cutting means of implementation for the SDGs. Volunteering, at home and overseas, builds capacity, solidarity and social capital. It facilitates social inclusion and accountability, and makes the world a safer place. Now especially, it is a counterpoint to isolationism, and it embodies a confident, hopeful, internationalist agenda.

To strengthen our collective actions, Forum invites organisations in all sectors to endorse this declaration and support this Call to Action. Please join the 20+ organisations who have already signed the Call to Action.

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