State of the world's volunteerism report, 2011

universal values for global well-being

Robert Leigh, David Horton Smith, Cornelia Giesing, Maria José León, Debbie Haski-Leventhal, Benjamin J. Lough, Jacob Mwathi Mati, Sabine Strassburg, Paul Hockenos

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The first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was launched at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States, on 5 December 2011 and about 80 countries around the world. The SWVR promotes a better understanding of volunteerism. It demonstrates the universality, scope and reach of volunteerism along with new trends in the twenty-first century. The report examines important contributions in diverse fields such as sustainable livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion and disaster risk reduction. By suggesting how volunteerism can be taken forward, the SWVR also provides an alternative vision of a better society. The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report shows that, in most societies around the world, volunteers make significant contributions to economic and social development. Through their voluntary actions, millions of people are contributing to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBonn, Germany
PublisherUnited Nations Volunteers
Number of pages121
ISBN (Print)9789211012460
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Voluntarism
  • Voluntarism--International cooperation

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