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  1. 1. SHARING GLOBAL VOICES FEB 21st - 22nd 2011 REPORT
  2. 2. Table of Contents Title Page Background 3 Opening Statement 4 Meeting Objectives 5 Agenda 5 Participants’ Expectations 5 Ice Breaking Activity 5 Official UNV as a Focal Point for IYV+10 Presentation 5 The European Presence 6 2011 Planned Activities 6 Share Fair 7  Part 1 – 3 minute Presentation  Turkey 8  Jordan 8  Brazil 8  Rwanda 8  Belgium 8  Australia 8  Poland 9  Latvia 9  Ecuador 9  Malta 9  Senegal 9  Burkina Faso 10  Sweden 10  Namibia 10  Nepal 10  Portugal 10  Burundi 11 Feedback from the Share Fair (expressed on Day 2) 11 Presentations from Participants 12 o Nepal 12 o Portugal 12 o Brazil 12 o Australia 12 DPI / NGO Conference 13 World Café Group Activity 13 UNV Slogans 14 Social networks for Continued Communication 15 Way Forward 15 Concluding Statement 15 Annexes 17 1. List of Participants 2. List of IYV+10 Team/ UNV Organising Team 3. Sharing Global Voices – Agenda 4. IYV+10 Sharing Global Voices Presentation 5. Recommendations from the World Café Session 2Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  3. 3. “Sharing Global Voices” Meeting 21-22 February 2011 Final ReportBackgroundThe Sharing Global Voices workshop was convened by UNV at the occasion of the tenthanniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV + 10) and of the European Year ofVolunteering 2011 (EYV 2011). On this occasion, UNV wished to provide an opportunity fornorthern committees and southern committees and coordinating bodies marking the 10thanniversary of the International Year of Volunteers to meet, exchange experiences, learnfrom each other and network with each other.The main objectives of this two-day meeting co-funded by the Youth in Action Programme ofthe European Commission, are to ensure wide information-sharing among participants,provide an opportunity for mutual learning, share good practices (including through a “ShareFair”), discuss specific topics related to volunteerism, and share activity plans for 2011 andbeyond. The latter is of special significance as we plan towards two plenary meetings of thesixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011 to be devoted tofollow-up on the International Year of Volunteers and the commemoration of its tenthanniversary. The Share Fair will also provide an opportunity for UNV staff at headquarters toget a stronger sense of action ongoing and planned across the world.The meeting was attended by 17 national committees, totalling 21 participants, as follows: - 6 national coordinating bodies for the European Year of Volunteering 2011 (NCBs) from the European Union: Belgium, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Poland, Sweden; - 11 national IYV+10 committees from: Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi (2 representatives), Ecuador, Jordan, Namibia, Nepal (2 representatives), Rwanda, Senegal, Turkey - The European Commission was represented through the DG Education and Culture, Youth Program and European volunteer involving organisations promoting the EYV 2011 were represented by EYV Alliance.Simona Costanzo Sow, IYV+10 Project Manager, and her project team organised the SharingGlobal Voices meeting with the support of UNV. The event was co-funded by the Youth inAction Programme of the European Commission. Mr Henri Fourcault from BetterManagement Practice was the Facilitator of the meeting. The list of participants is attachedin Annex 1. 3Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  4. 4. Opening StatementFlavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator, delivered the opening statement. She began bywelcoming the participants and noting the great achievements of volunteer organisationsaround the world since 2001; the International Year of Volunteers (IYV). She reminded theaudience that when the international community first decided, 10 years ago, to celebrate anInternational Year of Volunteers, it focused on four key pillars for action: recognition,facilitation, networking and promotion.In an attempt to replicating the success of the many and varied committees involved 10years ago, she explained that this meeting would be the first in the year of the 10thanniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) to engage a number of IYV+10national committees as well as some of the National Coordinating Bodies (NCBs) involved inmarking the European Year of Volunteering (EYV2011).Ms. Pansieri reiterated to the participants that the main objectives of this two-day meetingwere to ensure wide information-sharing among participants, to provide an opportunity formutual learning, to share good practices (including through a “Share Fair”), to discussspecific topics related to volunteerism on a local, national and international level, and shareplanned activities for 2011 and beyond.She outlined the key events planned for this year, including the DPI / NGO Conferencescheduled for 3-5 September in Bonn, and emphasized the special significance of the twoplenary meetings of the sixty-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly inDecember 2011, which will be devoted to follow-up on the International Year of Volunteersand the commemoration of its tenth anniversary.She compared the celebration of IYV+10 to potentially being seen in the same light as thesingle event of letting off a firework which is beautiful for a certain period but then fades.She encouraged the participants to instead see this year as the spark that ignites the fire ofvolunteering and let their continued involvement beyond 2011 stoke the flames that will lastfor many years to come. 4Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  5. 5. Meeting ObjectivesThe objectives of the workshop were framed as follows:  Ensure wide information sharing among participants and deepen partnership;  Provide an opportunity for mutual learning;  Share good practices and activity plans for 2011 and beyond and;  Discuss specific topics related to volunteerismAgendaThe workshop took place over two full days, starting at 9h00 and ending at 18h30 on the firstday and at 18h00 the second day. The agenda is attached at Annex 3.Participants’ ExpectationsAt the beginning of the workshop, participants were asked to state their expectations of theprogramme. Their expectations followed similar themes and can be summarised as follows:  Exchanging good practices among participants in:  Strengthening the capacity of National Committees to promote volunteering  Using volunteers to support the MDGs  Dealing with governments so as to be able to contribute to development efforts as well as influence policy and legislation.  Networking beyond the meeting and IYV+10 so that all participants can continue supporting each other and share information.  Learning from each other, both when it comes to dealing with difficult situations and also sharing best practice strategies.  Raise awareness of the Volunteer networks which can be formed through attendance of meetings such as Sharing Global Voices.  To share ideas for planned activities for IYV+10 and beyond.Ice Breaking ActivityThe Facilitator encouraged the participants to engage with each other in an informal mannerby sharing their names, the country they were from, their roles in volunteerism andsomething unique about themselves. This activity highlighted for all the breadth and depthof the calibre of participants present and uncovered some very unique talents indeed.UNV as a Focal Point for IYV+10 PresentationSimona Costanzo Sow presented a consolidated view of the ideas behind the declaration of2011 as IYV+10 along with the four pillars and what they mean in the context ofvolunteering. Part of the content also included a list of various stakeholders and plannedactivities for the year ahead. The dates and locations of the four regional meetings werediscussed as well as the Global Conference scheduled for June in Kenya. Please refer to thepresentation in Annex 4. A generic presentation on IYV+10 can also be downloaded 5Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  6. 6. The European PresenceFrode dal Fjedavli, Programme Manager at the Youth in Action programme (DG Educationand Culture) of the European Commission, introduced the European Year of Volunteering2011 and the European Voluntary Service (EVS). He highlighted that this year was moreabout awareness rather than any kind of political undercurrent or agenda. Some of thechallenges he spoke of in the European context were the disparity between what volunteerswish to do to engage in their community and the opportunities which are available. He alsohighlighted the fact that the European Union does not recognise the concept of full-timevolunteers and so government and social benefits such as health care are not extended tovolunteers.The presentation also brought to the fore the idea that experiences gained by a volunteerare outside the scope of formalised education and oftentimes this type of learning is notrecognised. Mr Dal Fjedavli outlined the 4 objectives of the EYV 2011 and advocated for thecommunications tools which are available for National Coordinating Bodies within the EU toaccess. He also encouraged other participants from outside of the EU to access theinformation to gain some ideas and further promote their activities.Céline Barlet, from the EYV2011 Alliance, then presented the experience, challenges andgood practices of the EYV 2011 Alliance, emphasising that the perception people generallyhave of volunteers is often not aligned with the full potential of what volunteering canachieve in a society.The objectives of the Alliance are to coordinate civil society in Europe, develop a policyagenda for volunteering in Europe, provide for mobility and capacity building as well as todisseminate information. Ms Barlet also described the 6 Working Groups of the Alliancewhich have two co-chairs per group.2011 Planned ActivitiesUsing a clothes line as a time line, divided into 12 sections from January to December,participants were asked to tie with clothes pegs the main activities they planned for thisspecial year. The result was a colourful long line of hanging papers, each containing animportant activity to mark IYV+10. We will be formatting this into a yearlong representationof the planned activities. 6Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  7. 7. Share FairThe workshop included a share fair- an opportunity for all participants to share informationand materials from their organisations on IYV + 10 and get to know each other better and toengage each other in one-on-one discussions on their respective experiences, thus enablingthem to learn from each other.The Share Fair, and it took place on the afternoon of Day 1. The Share Fair was organised asfollows: - Part I was reserved for participants only and lasted two hours. They first spent half- an-hour setting up their stand with posters, brochures, bags, snacks, drinks and a few artefacts. For the remainder of the time, with everyone sitting in a circle, each made a 3 minute presentation of a few activities, challenges and good practices. It was quite a moving and bonding experience. They then spent the rest of the time visiting each other’s stands for more interaction. - Part 2 was opened to UNV staff for the purpose of giving them a unique opportunity to meet and get to know better the people and national committees with whom they interacted by email or telephone from their offices. Around 50 UNV staff came to the Share Fair. Each National Committee representative made a 1 minute presentation, after which everyone mingled and engaged in more in-depth individual discussions.UNV cameramen were present and filmed the Share Fair and reporters interviewed severalparticipants. 7Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  8. 8. Part 1 – 3 minute Country PresentationsTurkey – At present the country is trying to establish an IYV+10 National Committee andactivities for the year ahead will flow from that established body.Jordan – The National Steering Committee for IVD is now acting as the Jordanian NationalSteering Commitee for IYV+10. Although a relatively small committee, they are seekinggovernment support as youth unemployment is a huge challenge being faced in Jordan. Thisposes a large obstacle to volunteerism as it is seen as a threat to gaining paid employmentwhich is culturally more of an emphasis.One best practice which was shared was that the Princess Basma Youth Resource Centre liaisewith the private sector to better structure their volunteer programs so that volunteers get the mostout of their experience.Brazil –The activity which was shared was the visual poster campaign which parallels thevolunteer service that the planet performs to those activities done by volunteers. There isalso a National Conference planned for March which will culminate in a volunteer march.The challenges which were mentioned included the raising of funds to allow for a nation-wide survey to be conducted on volunteerism. Monitoring the number of volunteers in Braziland also engaging in dialogue with government at all levels was also seen as a challenge.A best practice which was shared was the alliance formed with the Brazilian CorporateVolunteer Council to assist in gaining information on how corporate companies deal withvolunteers.Rwanda – Formalised volunteering is a relatively new concept in Rwanda as it was previouslyseen as a social responsibility. A proposed activity for IYV+10 is to recruit a group of YouthVolunteers who will tour the country to promote the Millennium Development Goals.A challenge that is faced in Rwanda is that unemployed youth are reluctant to volunteer as itis seen as a disadvantage in gaining paid employment.One best practice was the formalisation of a volunteer structure by the Ministry of Youth.There are also plans to engage in a Volunteer Mapping exercise and there will be volunteerawards presented during the year.Belgium – The three language group (German, French and Flemish) all have their owncommittees. The ‘I Volunteer’ activity is planned to encourage youth to engage in orcontinue to volunteer. There will also be special volunteer activities on the ‘Day of Europe’ inMay.An example of a best practice is that the makeup of the board draws from many sectorsincluding social, corporate and government.Australia – There were many initiatives outlined including the State of Volunteering inAustralia Report, the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities Program and anonline self-assessment program for governments (local, state and federal) to assess howthey can better integrate volunteers and volunteering opportunities into their operations.A challenge that was articulated was that in profiling volunteers it became apparent thatsometimes it appears the government takes volunteers for granted. 8Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  9. 9. A best practice which was shared was the Victor Online database which allows volunteers tobe matched with volunteer opportunities.Poland – During the EYV 2011, Poland will be hosting the closing ceremony in Warsaw. Thiswill allow the NCB to showcase the different types of volunteering that exists within thecommunity.Challenges that exist include the lack of one definitive research paper that articulates theimpact of volunteerism on society. There is also a low level of prestige attached tovolunteering in Poland as it used to be a State ordered activity every citizen had to do and asa result without adult modelling, the youth have inherited the idea that volunteering is not‘cool.’Latvia – The participants were encouraged to visit Latvia on Europe Day in May to see forthemselves how volunteering works in that country as there is an excellent action plan forvolunteering.Ecuador – The volunteer activities in Ecuador have included tree planting programs tocombat deforestation and the formation of a joint volunteer writing group. It is estimatedthat in excess of $1bn worth of work has been completed by volunteers which equates to 45times the investment by government into community development.At present there is no concrete law related to volunteering and that is a challenge they wishto overcome. Aspirationally, there is a desire to have a formal volunteering frameworkaccompanied by legislation to show that volunteers truly are having an impact ondevelopment of the country.Malta – Volunteer events occurring in Malta this year include employee supportedvolunteering activities during May and a web portal which has been developed to offervolunteer organisations support.A challenge has been the need for reform and amendments to the current volunteer laws ofMalta.A current best practice is the work being done with the Maltese skills recognition committeeto have those skills which volunteers gain during their service be officially recognised.Senegal – There are many volunteer initiatives already in existence in Senegal including alarge National Committee which promotes and coordinates volunteers. There is also CivicServices program which allows young people to be associated with volunteer activities for atleast two years and is being used as a way of combating poverty. Senegal is also developingand promoting the idea of senior volunteers, drawing from the wealth of knowledge andcapacity elders in the community have to provide.Two best practices which were shared included the use of a Global Village system whereideas from around the world were gathered and reviewed for use in Senegal. There is also aprogram to recruitment Senegalese nationals from overseas to come back to their country oforigin and bring with them their skills, knowledge and willingness to help in the furtherdevelopment of the country. 9Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  10. 10. Burkina Faso – During this year, there is a film festival to promote volunteerism and othersuch activities designed to attract the attention and engagement of young people. TheInstitute of Volunteers have regular meetings which aim to bring people together topromote and celebrate volunteers and volunteer activities. Burkina Faso has a concretevolunteer framework and accompanying legislation.Sweden – Volunteering in Sweden is part of the culture with 50% of the population engagedin some form of volunteering. There are university degrees and courses available which arebased on the concept of volunteering. This year, the town of Uppsala has offered discountcards to volunteers and there has also been the development and retailing of a specialvolunteer cake.The challenges faced in Sweden include a lack of funding for volunteer programs yet there isa constant reliance by government for volunteers to fill in the gaps they leave in communitydevelopment initiatives.A best practice is the regular distribution of a volunteer newsletter that provides informationand updates on volunteer activities and opportunities.Namibia – The concept of volunteerism has been recently formalised as previously,volunteering was seen as a societal responsibility. After a meeting in 2008 of theInternational Volunteer Day (IVD) Committee, issues were identified and discussions aboutformulating a volunteer framework led to the drafting of a volunteer policy document. Thereis currently a Volunteering for Development Volunteer Committee in Namibia whichfacilitates discussions about volunteering as well as activities and opportunities forvolunteering.The challenges which are faced include the battle people have to be able to volunteer due totheir impoverished state, however as Namibia is internationally ranked as a middle incomecountry, it is very difficult to attract funding to further develop volunteering in the country.Nepal – The formation of the National Development Volunteer Service means thatvolunteers have been able to create a link between the community and the government.A challenge that was identified was the balance between the formalisation of volunteeractivities and involvement and the often times spontaneous need for volunteers.The best practice shared is the national initiative of a National Volunteer Steering Committeeto oversee activities related to IYV+10 and volunteer activities.Portugal – The results from two studies which have been done into volunteering haveresulted in a better understanding of local volunteering as well as a bank /interface betweenvolunteers and organisations which need them. The National Council to PromoteVolunteering is also very active in Portugal. Portugal also has an online volunteer page with6, 000 people signed up as ‘fans.’Engaging youth in volunteer activities is seen as a challenge and efforts are being made topromote it as a ‘cool life practice.’A best practice initiative is the linking of the preceding and following European Years to EYV2011. 10Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  11. 11. Burundi – A commission has been formed in Burundi to decide on the formation of aNational Committee for volunteering as there is currently no formal coordination ofvolunteer activities between the organisations active in that country.Engaging youth is also a challenge in Burundi as this is seen as an obstacle to paidemployment.In concluding this first part of the Share Fair, Simona Costanzo Sow thanked the participantsfor their interesting and informative contributions. She was pleased to see that so manycountries recognised that IYV+10 was not a single event in itself but part of a continuum in avolunteering landscape which has previously existed and functioned and will continue to doso beyond 2011. The idea of discounts for volunteers in lieu of payment was cited as a greatinitiative as was the idea of Senior Volunteers. Ms Costanzo Sow referred to an initiative inthe host city of Bonn where children teach senior citizens how to master various forms oftechnology such as computers and in return the seniors teach the children about the city ofBonn and its history.Feedback from the Share Fair (expressed on Day 2)Mara Basanovic – Australia It allowed for a better understanding of the commonality of the issues facing volunteerism in each country.Elsa Maria Pires Chambel – It was a great way to highlight that although the participants are allPortugal from different backgrounds, they share one spirit.Dace Ratniece – Latvia The question was asked as to the involvement of the other EYV 2011 NCBs to which the reply was that all were invited but only 6 attended.Robert Farrugia – Malta The global makeup of the conference was useful so that participants can learn from each other and see how volunteering is working in other contexts.Ertugrul Senoglu – Turkey The Share Fair was found to be a peaceful and friendly platform from which to gain information and knowledge from each other.Aleksandra Krugly – Poland Pleased that this event was being framed as the start of contact and information sharing rather than one single event. 11Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  12. 12. Presentations from ParticipantsThe following committees made extra presentations on their National Committeesexperiences: Nepal – The existence of several national level trusts dating back to the 1950s wasexplained as was the fact that the Government of Nepal also has several volunteering bodieswhich oversee activities such as the mandatory graduate volunteer service program;Nepalese students are required to engage in a period of compulsory volunteering beforebeing able to attain graduate status.The rural and private sectors in Nepal also have volunteer representative bodies which allowvolunteers to assist in development all over the country. Volunteers were able to accessareas where the government was unable to during the internal conflict and this has left thelegacy of volunteer work being done particularly in rural areas. Volunteers in Nepal areusually given a small stipend to sustain themselves.Volunteer goals are closely aligned with the MDGs and Nepal encourages the presence ofinternational volunteers as well the return of Nepalese nationals living abroad. Nepal’sIYV+10 activities and promotions have attracted many members and partner organisations. Portugal – Pictures of the EYV 2011 event held in Lisbon from the 3 rd – 9th Februarywere displayed. It was also explained that in August 2010, 51 representatives from civilsociety and government formed the National Committee for Volunteering. During IYV+10there will be 10 volunteer awards, Portuguese television will be promoting 10 programs perweek which feature the theme of volunteering. Further to this, phone cards, stamps andindividual sugar packets have been designed to promote volunteering. Brazil – The Brazilian Corporate Volunteer Council is made up of members who eachhave their own volunteer programs but come together to share ideas and initiatives witheach other to further develop their programs.A seminar which was held in Rio de Janeiro on the 2nd December 2010 launched IYV+10 inthat country and saw the development of a volunteer campaign. The posters which highlightthe volunteer nature of the planet were displayed during the presentation and there areplans to share the banners on a world-wide scale so that they may be customised and usedin other countries. Australia – In 2001 for the International Year of Volunteers, there was a governmentrepresentative appointed and a volunteering network was established as well as resourcecentres. AUD$42m was spent in promoting the year whereas in 2011, the funding has beenAUD$1m ($200,000 from the Western Australian Government.) This limited financialassistance, however, has resulted in a creative and collaborative network being formed. Atthe meeting of Federal Ministers later in March, it will be highlighted that the challengesfaced by volunteers and volunteering organisations are still the same as in 2001 and thatfurther funding and that encouraging people to take part in volunteer activities (for whichthey should be recognised) should occur in a fun, safe and enjoyable environment.It was highlighted that 97% of volunteers go online to find their volunteer opportunities andthat 60% of volunteers are between the ages of 18-34. 12Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  13. 13. Whilst the State of Volunteering Australia (SVA) Report will assist in gaining a nationaldefinition of what volunteering is, however as it does not include statistics on Australianswho volunteer on an international basis, corporate volunteers or government volunteers,the UNV State of the World Volunteering Report will also be used to lobby government.Volunteering Australia is still looking for better ways to capture both formal and informalways in which volunteering helps the community so as to be able to draw a more holisticpicture.DPI / NGO ConferenceThe Chief of the UNV Partnership Section, Marco Van Der Ree gave a presentation on the DPI/ NGO Conference scheduled for 3-5 September 2011 in Bonn. The Conference Theme willbe “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens”. This event is designed to serve as a liaisonbetween the UN and other NGOs and will be hosted in the context of IYV+10. There will alsobe consideration given to other UN environment agencies which operate in Bonn andtherefore will highlight the sustainability angle. It is hoped that a call for action document isone of the results of the conference. A request was made that all participants encouragepotential involvement in the DPI-NGO conference by national or international civil societyorganizations they are aware of.More information in relation to the conference will be uploaded onto World Volunteer Webas well as the Sharing Global Voices teamworks page. The Polish representative also offeredto share the information with the Eastern European and Caucasian PartnershipOrganisations.World Café Group ActivityMost of the morning of Day 2 consisted of a World Café group activity. Four themes wereexplored at four tables, each facilitated by a UNV staff resource person:  Influencing volunteerism policy and research agenda at the national level (Robert Toé UNV);  Mobilising different stakeholders and sustainability of partnerships beyond 2011 (Peter Devereux UNV);  Organising high-level events (Francesco Galtieri UNV);  Effective advocacy for public awareness (Ibrahim Hussein UNV).Participants were asked to spend around 30 minutes at each table and come up withrecommendations that they would then bring to a counter that had 4 boards, each with atheme. If the ‘shop assistants’ deemed their recommendations worthy, they were rewardedwith chocolate money. Before ‘paying’ for the ideas, ‘shop assistants’ were asked to firstcheck the quality of the recommendations and to turn down duplicate recommendationswhich may have already been posted on the thematic boards by other groups. Starting withan introduction to and summary of the deliberations of the groups having discussed thesame theme before them, in order to build on each other’s content, the facilitators remainedat their table the whole time and engaged each new group around the same theme. In this 13Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  14. 14. way all table groups, rotating around the four tables, had an opportunity to discuss all fourtopics.In the afternoon, the four facilitators presented a summary of what had come out of the fourgroups that had stopped at their table. Following the four reports, it was agreed that theoffice of the IYV+10 Manager would summarise the recommendations emerging from theplenary discussions that followed facilitators’ reports, then circulate them amongparticipants for additional comments, thus facilitating the production of a single set ofrecommendations coming from the workshop. These recommendations can be found inAnnex 5.UNV SlogansPhilip Sen, the Communication Officer for IYV+10 facilitated a group activity aimed atidentifying the preferred slogan for IYV+10. Participants had to choose between 5 possibleslogans:  Inspiring millions of others  Volunteers + 10 : It all adds up  Volunteering: a whole new world  Discover what volunteers can do  Discover the volunteering differenceAfter several rounds of group selections, two slogans stood out from the others, as follows:  Volunteering: a whole new world: 11 voices  Discover what volunteers can do: 8 voicesThe Communication Officer indicated that this was not a binding vote, but that the resultswould be taken into account to inform the final selection. 14Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  15. 15. Social Networks for Continued CommunicationWorld Volunteer Web ( was presented by the IYV+10 ProjectManager as a tool to engage stakeholders. She called for participants to use the tools andinformation available on the site to engage further in IYV+10 activities as publications,including the logo, power point presentation and brochure are all available to bedownloaded.The UN Volunteers facebook page was also highlighted ( the participants we called upon to contact Philip Sen if there was any content that theymay wish to have linked or promoted on that page.Mr Benjamin Kumpf from the Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section (VKIS) explainedthe Teamworks tool which is connected to the UNDP. A Sharing Global Voices page hasalready been created and all participants were invited to join. This will provide a space andan information sharing platform where documents, photos and discussions can be uploaded.It is hoped that the Teamworks platform can be used to exchange good practices especiallyin overcoming challenges, how to use volunteers to support the MDGs as well as networkingand having continued contact with other participants.The question was put to the participants as to whether they had any other suggestions forkeeping in contact.There was a general request for the email list to be distributed and proactive engagement inthe tools discussed was encouraged.Mara Basanovic – Australia: Suggested that a workshop be scheduled for February 2012 toreflect on IYV+10 and share ideas for ways of continuing the momentum.Ertugrul Senoglu – Turkey: Requested that participants invite each other to attendactivities/events/conferences they were involved in or hosting or at least keep each otherinformed of such activities.Way ForwardIn her conclusion, Simona Costanzo Sow, the IYV+10 Project Manager, outlined the processthat would be followed to bring closure to the World Café group work articulated around thefour themes that were debated by participants in the morning of Day 2. She alsoencouraged participants to stay in touch with each other and urged them to continue in theirefforts at the national level to overcome the challenges they face by staying united beyondthis workshop. She stressed that volunteerism was a largely untapped potential in supportof MDGs and that Sharing Global Voices should be seen as a landmark on the continuum ofvolunteer effort and partnership.Concluding StatementNaheed Haque, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, gave the concluding remarks. Shecongratulated participants for their engagement during the two days of the workshop and 15Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  16. 16. thanked them for their attendance. She also noted the great expansion registered in thevolunteer work around the world since 2001. Ms. Haque emphasised that this year was keyin making sure that the momentum generated would continue beyond 2011. She also notedthat sustainability had emerged as a common theme and applauded the desire of theparticipants to initiate ways in which interest generated during IYV+10 could continue.Ms Haque also referred to paragraph 17 of 2010 MDG summit Outcome Document whichhighlights the fact that governments should be committed to recognising civil societyorganisations and the impact of volunteerism (“17. We call on civil society, including non-governmental organizations, voluntary associations and foundations, the private sector andother relevant stakeholders at the local, national, regional and global levels, to enhance theirrole in national development efforts as well as their contribution to the achievement of theMillennium Development Goals by 2015, and commit as national Governments to theinclusion of these stakeholders.”).In particular, she stressed that the two plenary sessions of the General Assembly inDecember 2011 in New York, dedicated to the follow up of IYV, would make a big differencefor the cause of volunteerism and that it is a huge honour to have those two sessionsdedicated to the topic of volunteerism.Ms. Haque reflected favourably on suggestions made during the workshop:  the possibility of organising a parallel summit in December in New York to bring together volunteerism and civil society;  the formation of a World Volunteer Coalition to encourage cooperation on a global scale, and;  the possibility of having a volunteer song for the world, that would serve as a rallying anthem.Ms Haque also made mention of the multi-media exhibition to take place at the New YorkHeadquarters during the UN General Assembly in December, in which to showcase the workof volunteers around the world. She also implored the participants to give thought to thetypes of visions and plans of action which might be able to be presented at these GeneralAssembly sessions in December 2011.Ms Haque finally thanked all of the participants, staff and interns for their valuablecontributions to the Sharing Global Voices Meeting and closed the meeting. 16Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  17. 17. Annex 1 – List of Participants NAME ORGANISATION National Committee EmailMara Basanovic Volunteering Western Australia Volunteering Australia Gernaey Vlaams Steunpunt Vrijwilligerswerk, EYV 2011 National Coordinating Body Belgium (Flanders)Heloisa Coelho Riovoluntario, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rede Brasil Voluntario (NCB) Ouédraogo National Volunteer Programme of National Committee Burkina FasoCorneille Ntawurutimana Youth and National Coordinator of Volunteering Burundi Youth Centers, BurundiFrancois Xavier Buyoya Red Cross Burundi President of Red Cross National ComitteeeJulio César Benítez Scouts Ecuador Volunteering Round Table, Ecuador or jcbenitezr@gmail.comJenine Jaradat Princess Basma Youth Resource National Steering Committee for IVD and Center, Jordan National IYV+10 ComitteeDace Ratniece Ministry of Education and Science, EYV2011 National Coordinating Body, Latvia Latvia (NCB) 17Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  18. 18. Robert Farrugia Malta Council for Voluntary EYV2011 National Coordinating Body, Organisations Malta (NCB)Jonathan Kambirongo National Planning Commission, Volunteer For Development Coordinating Namibia Committee (V4D-CC) C. Pokharel Government of Nepal, National National Volunteer Steering Committee, Planning Commission NepalPrem. Bdr. Kunwar Government of Nepal, National National Volunteer Steering Committee, Planning Commission NepalElza Maria Pires Chambel Ministério do Trabalho e da EYV2011 National Coordinating Body, Solidariedade Social, Portugal Portugal(NCB) Elza.chambel@sopo.ptAleksandra Krugly Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, EYV2011 National Coordinating Body, Poland Poland (NCB)Patrick Karangwa Parlement des Jeunes Rwandais, RwandaPapa Birama Thiam National Committee for the IYV+10 Committee, Senegal or Promotion and Coordination of Volunteerism, SenegalEmmy Bornemark Ungdomsstyrelsen , The Swedish EYV2011 National Coordinating Body, National Board for Youth Affairs Sweden (NCB)Ertugrul Senoglu GSM - Youth Services Centre, Turkey IYV+10 Committee, Çankaya Municipality, AnkaraFrode Dal Fjeldavli EC - Directorate General for Education and CultureCéline Barlet EYV 2011 Alliance 18Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  19. 19. Annex 2 – List of IYV+10 Team/UNV Organising TeamSimona Costanzo Sow Project Manager for IYV+10 Simona.Costanzo@unvolunteers.orgFaisal Yousaf Partnerships Development SpecialistJennifer Bose Intern Jennifer.Bose@unvolunteers.orgJudy Monast Administrative Assistant Judy.Monast@unvolunteers.orgKristen Pyrz-Brown Intern Kristen.Pyrz-Brown@unvolunteers.orgPhilip Sen Communications Associate Philip.Sen@unvolunteers.orgRosmarie Jah Associate Partnerships Officer Rosmarie.Jah@unvolunteers.orgYanick Michaud-Marcotte Administrative Associate Yanick.Michaud-Marcotte@unvolunteers.orgJung Yuen Park Intern jungyuenpark@gmail.comPeter Devereux Partnership Specialist Civil SocietyIbrahim Hussein Portfolio Manager, South Asia Ibrahim.Hussein@unvolunteers.orgFrancesco Galtieri Portfolio Manager, Central Africa (North)Robert Toe Portfolio Manager, West and Central Africa 19 Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  20. 20. Annex 3 - Sharing Global Voices – AgendaSunday Monday, February 21 Tuesday, February 22Arrival 08:15 Pickup by shuttle at hotel 8:15 Pickup by shuttle at hotel 9:00 Start of meeting Room 2112 9:00 Start of meeting Room 2112 09:15 – 09:45 Opening and introduction 9:15 – 9:45 Opening remarks Info session: Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn with Q&A IYV+10 presentation Simona Costanzo Sow, IYV+10 Project Manager 9:45 Plenary: introducing working groups 09:45 Introduction of participants, 10.00 – 12.30 World café Group work: Expectations and Objectives exchange of experiences: (11.00 – 11.30 - Coffee Break) 10:30: Coffee Break 1. Influencing volunteerism policy and research 11:00 – 11:45 The European Dimension agenda at national level The European Year of Volunteering 2. Mobilizing different stakeholders and sustainability and the European Voluntary Service (EVS) of partnerships beyond 2011 Frode dal Fjedavli, Programme Manager, DG Education and Culture 3. Organizing high level events EYV2011 Alliance, Céline Barlet 4. Effective advocacy for Public Awareness 11: 45 – 12:30 The time line for 2011: highlighting major events th th 12:30-14:00 Lunch ( 29 floor ) 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (29 floor) 17.30 Registration and 19.00 Reception ( Hotel) 14:00 – 14:30 14:00 – 16:30 Preparing and setting up the Report from working groups Share Fair Room 1916 Recommendations based on results 14.30– 16:00 16:30 – 17:00 Share Fair Part 1 Collaborative spaces for staying connected: Discussions with participants only Introduction to Teamworks 16:00-16:30 17:00 – 17:45 Coffee Break Recap and way forward 16:30-18:00 17:45 Closing remarks 18h00 Share Fair Part 2 Naheed Haque, Deputy Executive Coordinator Open to all UNV staff 18:00 Return to Hotel 18:30-19:00 End of session – return to Hotel Dinner offered by UNV at the Hotel Dinner offered by UNV at the Hotel *The Share Fair is an occasion for participants to share their experiences, highlights the success stories of their organization and relevant activities with other participants and the UNV staff 20 Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  21. 21. Annex 4 – IYV+10 Sharing Global Voices Presentation Marking the10th Anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers Sharing Global Voices, Bonn 21st February 2011 21Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  22. 22. Annex 5 – Recommendations Resulting from the World Café SessionRecommendations - Group 1: Influencing volunteerism policy and researchagenda at national level Recommendations were divided in two sub-groupsA) Influencing research agenda  Involve academia in activities around volunteering at all stages to create awareness on research about volunteerism and not wait to get in touch with researchers only for research purpose e.g. as members IYV+10 Committees or other activities around volunteering in order to promote ownership of volunteering;  Creating and maintaining a knowledge platform in the form of a central „bank‟ on volunteering research – to connect researchers with practitioners in the volunteering and civil society arenas and avoid duplications;  Identify clear research objectives, target the right partners and respect scientific standards;  Map research activities being undertaken through forums, meeting and conferences in order to identify challenges and who is doing what; B) Influencing policy  When working on policy on volunteerism, it is necessary to start with a framework which has been negotiated by consensus and then make sure to work with the right government institution that believes in volunteerism and can influence policy-making. Lobbying should permeate various levels of government. Commitment needs to be encouraged as well as the sustainability of the framework;  Have a tangible expression linked to GDP to present to government which highlights the contribution of volunteering in the country. This will encourage the government to invest more into volunteerism;  SWVR should be used to influence government policy beyond 2011. Recommendations - Group 2: Mobilizing different stakeholders and sustainability of partnerships beyond 2011  Identify and define diverse stakeholders – governments, private sector, media and civil society in order to cultivate the ownership of diverse sectors for volunteerism;  Work through participatory processes on an inclusive and agreed definition of volunteering that captures its meaning and diverse global expressions as a basis for joint action;  Use IYV + 10 as a vehicle to bring together national and international volunteer schemes and initiatives that can contribute to development goals like 22Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  23. 23. the MDGs eg bringing together people from EYV and the South around a shared agenda;  Use activities during IYV+10 to develop and strengthen long term plans and policy (volunteer infrastructure) eg inclusion of volunteering in school curriculum;  Transforming the roles of IYV + 10 Committees into national structures that continue to advocate for volunteer infrastructure beyond IYV + 10. Work through existing national institutions, civil society and corporate umbrella groups to create coalitions that use volunteerism as a tool for civic engagement;  Resource mobilization for long term partnerships on volunteerism beyond IYV + 10;  Educate the media on the importance of volunteerism. Recommendations - Group 3: Organizing high level events  Checklist for high level meetings to ensure the best use of resources;  Process, content and opportunities; Process  Need to plan early, (media, high level people, venues etc) good team of organizers, give a value to everyone‟s contribution to encourage engagement;  Briefing the high level people attending the meetings;  Choose credible testimonials to promote the prior connections of organizations to volunteerism;  Regular and clear communication of events to interested parties so that the event is meaningful;  Communicate effectively towards the event to raise momentum  Always consider the cultural context; Content  Clear objectives prior to each event (specify what the desired outcome from each event);  Clearly identify your key audience;  Design the content in a way to make the event meaningful for participants  Have a communication strategy;  Encourage involvement of participants through entertainment/fun, in order to better mark memories;  Mark the event with the traditional word for volunteerism;  More broadly build on cultural ways of volunteering;  Use culturally specific elements (dance etc) to highlight events as well as unique/surprising ways of engaging participants;  Establish a follow up mechanism (to pursue the scope of the event or monitor the implementation of its recommendations/plan of action). Opportunities 23Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  24. 24.  Look at global Calendar and use “marking events” already in people‟s agendas;  Use historical days and other meaningful days in each culture to highlight to role of volunteerism in those areas or in supporting the celebrations of those days;  Coordination of complementary events;  Pick those events that by cultural heritage have a are more natural link to civic mobilization;  Organize parallel social event/forum around the UN General Assembly sessions in Dec 2011. Success indicators for high-level event  Level of participation of the targeted audience;  Media coverage;  Follow up mechanism / sustainability of the initiatives launched/promoted by the event. Recommendations - Group 4: Effective advocacy for Public Awareness  Use technology advancements (IT, social media and designated portals) to reach the broader community to mobilize them for volunteer activities as well as promote public awareness;  Use the internet to reach hard-to-reach populations, and to involve community members who can only volunteer their efforts virtually;  Linkages between national, regional and global efforts;  Conferences, symposiums, volunteer networks, meetings;  Caravans campaigns to reach communities through sports, music, other events promoting MDGs (buses with youth advocates, personalities);  Participation in high level events;  Oral transmission by community leaders (priests, Imams);  Forum theatre and community theatre;  Use of volunteer role models (celebrities, politicians, sports people) in high level events and competitions, tournaments etc;  Offer volunteer services prior to the event to assist in the preparation;  Volunteer created music/songs/anthem/CD-DVD to capture volunteer effort at the local level and thoughts around the impact of volunteerism in their particular community/region/country;  Volunteer photo-book highlighting the volunteer efforts from around the world  Collaborating with private sector companies to use their products to promote volunteerism;  Arrangement with film advertising volunteering;  Traditional story telling through media to reach communities (using local languages);  Audio books;  Universal Volunteer colour symbol. 24Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011
  25. 25. United Nations VolunteersStreet: Hermann-Ehlers-Strasse 10, 53113 Bonn, GermanyPostal: Postfach 260 111, D-53153 Bonn, GermanyTel: +49 228 8152000 Fax: +49 228 8152001Email: information@unvolunteers.orgOnline: United Nations Volunteers is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Le programme VNU est administré par le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (UNDP). 25 El Programa VNU es administrado por el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarollo (PNUD). Report for Sharing Global Voices Meeting – 21st - 22nd February 2011