COVID-19 has highlighted how the one-billion volunteers globally are helping communities respond to the pandemic. How has volunteering changed during the pandemic? What were volunteers’ experiences and motivations during these times? How can volunteers contribute to dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and building back better to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals? And what do volunteers expect from a reset in the ways citizens and states work together to address the most pressing development challenges in equitable ways?
This virtual side event will share findings from a recent Gallup survey on volunteering during COVID-19, coupled with the real-life experience of volunteer organizations and governments around the world. The session will also kick-start an online dialogue about volunteers’ expectations for a new social contract between citizens and the state, based on their experience during the pandemic. The insights and examples gathered from the side event and dialogue will further support the development of UNV’s 2021 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report on volunteerism and the new social contract.
The side event will contribute to learning more about how volunteers can contribute to sustainable and resilient recovery from the pandemic in a way that promotes the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. In addition, the side event will provide insights on the role that volunteering can play in the creation of a new social contract between citizens and states that promotes equitable, inclusive, and effective ways of collaborating to achieve the 2030 Agenda in the Decade of Action.