The Lima Declaration is a call to action for volunteers, international volunteer cooperation organisations and volunteer-involving organisations. In less than a year, the United Nations will announce a new set of development goals, likely to be called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that governments, civil society and the private sector will refer to as the foundation for their own contributions to development cooperation.
This represents a rare opportunity to ensure that the role of volunteerism is recognised and supported in this framework. The experience of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has taught us that in order to be sustainable, development cooperation must look beyond technical and financial assistance to people-centred approaches and solutions devised from the ground up. Volunteers are central to this approach.