PRESS INVITE: 10 October

Dear media representatives,

We cordially invite you to participate in a press talk at the opening day of the 2016 International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations conference (IVCO 2016) on the UN Campus in Bonn.
The conference is jointly hosted by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)―both members of the Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum). About 200 participants are expected to join the event which will take place from October 9-12th and focus on the theme Increasing Resilience of Communities Through Volunteering.

•    Chris Eaton, Chair, the Forum for Volunteering in Development
•    Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuß, Managing Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
•    Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme

Furthermore we gladly liaise you with international volunteers.

Date, Venue & Accreditation


Monday, 10 October 2016, 11:00 hrs

Venue UN Campus, Altes Abgeordnetenhochhaus (AAH), Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1, D-53113 Bonn (directions)

2-Step-Accreditation is compulsory (all Accreditation details):

1. Prior-Accreditation: Kindly requested until Friday, October 7, 2016, 14 hrs, to
2. On-Site on Monday, 10:30 hrs; kindly read all details to the 2-step-accreditation process


If you plan to attend the conference apart from the press talk, kindly follow these instructions.
IVCO2016 Programme


As academic research shows, the vision set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – for people, the planet, prosperity and peace – will inevitably fail if shocks and stresses are not Addressed.  Unsurprisingly, the topic of ‘resilience’ cuts across the SDGs and highlights the urgent need for vulnerable communities to be made more sustainable: up to 325 million extremely poor people are likely to be living in the 49 most hazard prone countries by 2030 and over half of those living on less than $1.25 per day will be living in fragile states by 2030.

Against this background resilience building has become increasingly important to the international community. A number of risks have emerged that are changing the global peace and development agendas: new and persisting conflicts that cause migration, climate change, natural disasters, and pandemics. These risks and the related challenges affect all countries and can therefore only be adequately addressed through the collaboration of national governments, civil society, people affected by crises, the private sector, national and international organization. This was recently underlined out at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit.

The international volunteering sector is key in ensuring that people have the capacity to better absorb, anticipate, and adapt to shocks and stresses which in turn helps protect development gains and ensures sustainability of their surroundings.
The agenda of IVCO 2016 is therefore full of panel discussions and in-depth working sessions that will shed a light on solutions for leading global and local volunteer sending organizations on how to build more resilient communities. At the end of the three-day event, a Bonn Call for Action will be formulated that will guide the global volunteering agenda for the year to come and pave the way for IVCO 2017 in South Korea.

Relevant Links

UNV and GIZ to host Landmark Conference on International Volunteering in Bonn
How can Volunteerism Help Strengthen the Resilience of Communities against Emerging Global Risks?