You are all volunteers and your action counts!
Everybody is already a volunteer for a sustainable future. Every single person is acting for sustainable development, by helping friends and family, by recycling waste, by teaching the kids how to turn off the tap. Most people are already volunteering without being aware of it. Some people volunteer further, and get involved in development or environmental action for a day, for a week, for a year. Their work, big or small, might sometimes go unnoticed to the world. But their actions count in the communities that have benefited from their hard work.
With the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) only two months away, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme wants to let volunteers show that they are building a sustainable future. www.volunteeractioncounts.org
That is why UNV has created a campaign for volunteers around the world - and not only the UN or NGO volunteers – for all volunteers - to have their actions counted and take them to Rio, where goals will be set for the way we will live on this planet over the next decades.
Why on social media?
It's about being heard by the right people at the right time. Social media is the most powerful tool of our times. Through Twitter, Facebook and the web, all the actions in making the world a better place can be collected and brought to Rio+20 as a strong presence and force for change. Now is the perfect time to be heard. All the volunteers that want to share their story will use the same hashtag: #ActionCounts.
How to tell the story?
We're asking all people around the world to share their volunteer experiences using the social media tool they prefer:
- On Twitter (best choice), making a long story short and using the #actioncounts hashtag;
- On Facebook’s ActionCounts page www.facebook.com/ActionCounts;
- By leaving your story on www.actioncounts.org
By using these tools, UNV will collect all counts and stories to showcase at the Earth Summit in a multi-media presentation.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide.
Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers. Over 7,500 qualified and experienced women and men of around 160 nationalities serve as UN Volunteers in some 130 countries.
Campaign origins- The sixty-fourth annual Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization (DPI/NGO) Conference
The conference, Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens, took place in
Our partners are encouraging volunteers in their own organizations to make their contributions more visible at
- Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote stakeholder democracy at a global level. Felix Dodds, Executive Director, has played a critical role in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue at the UN. He most recently chaired the 2011 UN Department of Public Information NGO Conference on Sustainable Societies – Responsive Citizens. From 1997 to 2001 he chaired the NGO Coalition on Sustainable Development at the UN.
- Zerofootprint is a cleantech software and services company that makes environmental impact measurable, visible and manageable for corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. Our solutions mitigate environmental risk and drive cost reductions through behavioural change. Dr. Ron Dembo is the Founder and CEO. Ron currently sits on a number of boards, and is a member of the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee
and the UN HABITAT World Urban Campaign. Canada
The Future We Want campaign
Last November, the Secretary-General and Rio+20 Secretary- General Sha Zukang announced a new campaign to promote the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development this June in