IYV+10 IN 2011
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19 November 2010 IYV+10 IN 2011

Volunteer communities around the world are gearing up for the celebration of a special major event that will highlight ten years of active volunteer participation in nation building. Dubbed IYV+10, the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV) will be celebrated in 2011 to bring forth the hallmarks of volunteerism across the globe. Of note is how volunteerism contributes to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) whose 15- year timeline will end in 2015.

The Millennium Declaration, signed in 2000 by 189 UN member countries, the Philippines among them, embodies the pledge of the participating nations, rich and poor alike to: 1) Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, 2) Achieve universal primary education, 3) Promote gender equality, 4) Reduce child mortality. 5) Improve maternal health, 6) Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases, 7) Ensure environmental sustainability, and 8) Develop a global partnership for development. In all these areas of human development and community life, volunteerism and the volunteers are active and useful partners of Governments and their instrumentalities.

In the Philippines, the Government has initiated moves that would map out how the country would participate in the global event. Spearheading IYV+10 celebration is the Philippine National Volunteer Service Coordinating Agency (PNVSCA), the country’s focal agency on volunteerism, assisted by an IYV+10 National Committee which has been organized to identify activities fitting for the event. The Committee has come up with an Action Plan that would involve active volunteer organizations, NGOs, private sector groups, corporations and businesses with volunteer programs or practicing corporate social responsibility (CSR), as well as government and international development organizations. The Action Plan consists of a series of activities for the year-long long celebration. Kickoff events for IYV+10 would be launched and conducted during the celebration of the International Volunteer Day on 5 December 2010.

Celebration of IYV began in 2001 acting on the United Nations General Assembly Resolution A/Res/52/17of 1997 issued on 20 November 1997 which declares year 2011 as International Year of Volunteers (IYV). IYV’s four-fold objective is to enhance the recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteer service worldwide. The Declaration dedicates 2001 to “increasing awareness of the achievement and further potential of volunteerism.”

From thence, and following the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) series of discussions and reports on IYV in 2002, 2005, and 2008, the UNGA agreed in its last meeting to call for a major celebration of the 10th anniversary of IYV and harness it as a venue to “consolidate the successes attained and build on the momentum created by the International Year of Volunteers.” The United Nations Volunteers was tasked as the focal point for the IYV+10 worldwide celebration.

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