108 countries to recommend follow-up to UN year of volunteers
More than 500 government officials and volunteer leaders from 108 countries will take part in a meeting next week in Geneva to evaluate the activities of the International Year of Volunteers 2001, according to the United Nations Volunteer programme (UNV), the global focal point for the Year.
In a statement issued in Geneva, UNV said the International Symposium on Volunteering, to be held from 18 to 21 November, would recommend ways in which governments, the UN system and civil society can support volunteer action.
"This gathering of volunteering experts is crucial as we take stock of the year's extraordinary achievements and work out key messages for the United Nations General Assembly, which will convene two plenary sessions on the subject on 5 December - the annual International Volunteer Day," said UN Executive Director Sharon Capeling-Alakija.
The Symposium has received financial support from the Swiss Government, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva. It is organized by the International Symposium Association and International Conference Volunteers, under the patronage of Moritz Leuenberger, President of the Swiss confederation, the Swiss National Committee for the International Year of Volunteers based in Bern, and UNV.