Updates from the Board
“The UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)” has been defined as the space where the further global conversations on sustainable development will be taking place. In the resolution text for HLPF which was agreed upon in the UN in June this year, volunteer groups are now recognised as relevant stakeholders
! (You will find the full text here: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/67/L.72&Lang=E
This is something which Forum has been advocating, including through the “Forum Ottawa Declaration” which was developed at IVCO 2012. The recognition of volunteer groups as relevant stakeholders means that volunteer groups will now have access to official information, documents and meetings of the HLPF, the opportunity to intervene and submit documents, make recommendations and organise side-events in cooperation with the UN secretariat and member states.
Congratulations to all the Forum members and partners who have been working nationally and/or regionally to promote volunteering in the post-2015 development agenda. Alongside the efforts of a number of our peer volunteer involving groups, Forum’s work has borne fruit. A special thanks to UNV, our Forum member who have been tirelessly monitoring the global processes related to post-2015 and Rio+20 in order to promote volunteer voice and visibility.
Now we have an even stronger platform to promote the global movement of volunteers working for a just world, and to make visible their role post-2015. It is up to us all now to define strong steps – individually and collectively – to continue championing volunteering in the future sustainable development goals. IVCO 2013 in Paris will be an important space for us to plan common actions towards this goal.