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State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2011

Universal Values for Global Well-being

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In most societies, millions of people make significant contributions to economic and social development through voluntary action. This report supports a better understanding of volunteerism by exhibiting its universality, scope and reach, and by highlighting new trends in the 21st century. It examines the important contributions in diverse fields such as enhanced livelihoods, social inclusion, social cohesion, disaster risk reduction, governance and political participation. This publication also provides an alternative vision towards a better society. It is expected to lead to enhanced recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism worldwide and to an increased recognition of United Nations Volunteers' critical role in peace and development as well as in norm-setting in the United Nations System.

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Volunteering as a force for social inclusion

We have seen the success of popular movements in forcing political change in key Arab states. That now needs to be followed by the difficult and detailed work of building more inclusive societies, economies and governance systems.

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