Conference on Volunteering and Capacity Building in the IS - Volunteer Action Plan 2003-2005

Document for submission to WSIS, presented at plenary on 12 December 2003.

12 December 2003

Mr. Chairman, Secretary-General, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentleman:

On behalf of the WSIS Volunteer Family, we thank you for making it possible for us to be actively involved in the WSIS process.

I would like to mention some of the results of the extended process of involvement by the Volunteer Family¹ dating back to the Bamako Regional Conference in May 2002:

The process has led us to create a Volunteering Action Plan which identifies a range of priorities between now and Tunis 2005. These build on the role of Volunteering in capacity building as recognized in the WSIS Plan of Action document. We consider them to be important contributions to the successful implementation of the Summit’s Plan.

The Volunteering Action Plan 2003-2005 contains points related to both sides of the ICT-Volunteering relationship. 

First, on how Volunteering can help to expand the use of ICT for Human Development.

At the operational level, we propose:

As policy issues we have identified the need to:

Secondly, on how ICT can be used by Volunteers and Volunteer Organizations:

The Summit process was an encouraging beginning, but we need to further strengthen cooperation between the volunteer sector, governments, academia, the private sector, and other civil society organizations. We look forward to joint action enabling us to expand the power of solidarity that is inherent to volunteerism.

Thank you for your attention.

Presented by Viola Krebs, Focal Point of the WSIS Volunteer Family

¹Comprised by the United Nations Volunteers programme, IAVE, ICVolunteers, etc. (to complete)