International Year of Volunteers Global Evaluation

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Smith, Justin Davis; Ellis, Angela
Date of publication
1 September 2002
Volunteering, Employment, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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The idea for an International Year of Volunteers to recognise and promote the work of volunteers throughout the world arose out of deliberations between several major voluntary organisations in the 1980s.

Following a proposal from the government of Japan in 1997 the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) recommended to the UN General Assembly the adoption of ECOSOC resolution 1997/44 of July 1997 proclaiming 2001 the International Year of Volunteers.

The aims of IYV were to enhance the promotion, recognition, facilitation and networking of volunteering.

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