“As we seek to build capacities and to help the new agenda to take root, volunteerism can be another powerful and cross-cutting means of implementation. Volunteerism can help to expand and mobilize constituencies and to engage people in national planning and implementation for sustainable development goals. And volunteer groups can help to localize the new agenda by providing new areas of interaction between Governments and people for concrete and scalable actions” (UN Secretary General Synthesis report on the Post 2015 agenda).
Every day across the world, millions of ordinary citizens give of their time to volunteer, making a vital and often under-recognised contribution to the delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the last year, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) estimated that one billion people gave of their time and energy to volunteer, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has estimated that volunteering adds 2.4% to global Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Volunteer Groups Alliance (VGA) is a global coalition bringing together organisation and networks working in over 150 countries that contribute to sustainable development through volunteering in all its forms. It seeks to
VGA calls for member states to
To join the Volunteer Groups Alliance, email the Coordinator at