Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Why a VolunteerActionCounts campaign?

UNV actionsThe Campaign gives Volunteers, along with communities and organizations, a chance to show what they are doing for the future of our planet and generations to come.

The results of all these volunteer actions will be presented at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 in Brazil. A multimedia presentation will showcase the counted voices of volunteers worldwide to the over 50,000 people participating at the summit. The campaign will make your actions count at Rio+20!

The United Nations Volunteer programme is asking you and all volunteers around the world to share your volunteer experiences using the Social Media tool you prefer - ideally Twitter, but Facebook and others also count - and make sure to tag your actions under the #actioncounts hash tag, so that we can make sure your contribution to improve the world is heard at Rio+20.

Why tweet #actioncounts?

It's about being heard by the right people at the right time.

Volunteers around the world can sometimes feel that their contribution to society goes unnoticed. Now is the perfect time to be heard, and where better to do it than at the meeting aiming to set goals for the way we will live on this planet over the next decades.

Rio+20 will bring together governments and the international community - including the United Nations and NGOs - as they strive to set global targets to move the world towards sustainable development. Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

At this crucial crossroads, UNV's aim is to vocalise your volunteering activities so that you can be heard by the global target setters who will be in Rio in June. In short, UNV want them to know what sustainable development issue you're dedicating your time to, and show them how crucial people’s volunteer actions are for the future of our planet.

Rio+20 is a great opportunity to show global leaders what people care most about. The #actioncounts tag will allow UNV to identify your actions, and add all your individual contributions together. We believe that grouping similar voluntary acts together gives them more weight – many voices speaking together are more likely to be heard.

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United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

The Volunteers programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.

UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.

UNV is active in about 130 countries with Field Units in 86 countries.

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