Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals

Comhlámh is delighted to host the United Nations Volunteer programme in Dublin for a dialogue on on Volunteering and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, encouraging the participation and integration of all people — including youth, older persons, women, migrants, refugees, persons with disabilities, minorities and other marginalized groups — in volunteer activities. 

It reiterated how important volunteers are to achieving the SDGs and encouraged governments to integrate volunteerism into national plans and encourages them to invest in measuring the scale and contribution of volunteers.

The event will bring together a variety of stakeholders, including representatives of local and international volunteering organisations, government departments and other actors working towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  We will be ’ll be discussing the importance of inclusivity in volunteering for the SDGs.  We will also be exploring how volunteering is being captured and acknowledged and explore how volunteering can be integrated into national and international policy for development.

This event takes place against the backdrop of a national dialogue underway led by the Department of Rural and Community Development in developing a national volunteering strategy which Comhlámh has made a submission to. The other important context development is the decision contained in Ireland’s recently launched Policy for International Development to review the Irish Aid Volunteering Initiative. We hope this event will provide thoughts and insights to support this process.

Screengrab from UN Volunteers website.

We have lots of information on our site to help you learn more about responsible volunteering here.