Every two years, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) produces a State of the World’s Volunteering Report (SWVR) on a chosen theme. This year’s theme, The Thread that Binds focused on volunteerism and community resilience, ensuring communities can prevent and adapt to environmental and economic risks by creating a strong social fabric.
The report also shines a light on volunteerism as a critical resource and cross cutting means of implementing the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It estimates there are a billion volunteers worldwide, representing 109 million full time equivalent workers. If all of these people constituted a country, it would be the fifth largest in the world and exceed that of many major global industries.
The report details how volunteerism enables collective strategies for managing risk and plays a fundamental role in community resilience, especially for its vulnerable and marginalised groups. This finding correlates directly with AVI’s experience sending hundreds of skilled Australian volunteers abroad to build capacity in communities and reduce and respond to the effects of climate change in the Pacific.