Ladies and Gentlemen, by NhE0a0


									        World Civil Society Forum on the
                 follow-up of the IYV and
        international cooperation among
                  volunteer organizations

                          International Conference Center
                   Friday19th July 2002 (9.00 – 12.30 hs.)

              ADDRESS PLANNING
1. Acknowledgments
2. Who are we? (introducing the FSVCV)
3. What do we do? (actions of the FSVCV)
4. Who are we aiming at? (volunteer reality)
5. Action Proposals after IYV
1. Acknowledgments

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to start my address by
congratulating Mrs Krebs on having being able
to gather the main stakeholders of            the
international volunteer cooperation in this panel
and also on being so kind as to invite The
Foundation for Solidarity and Volunteer Work
of the Valencian Community ( henceforth
FSVCV) to take part in it .

We have         already      at our disposal the
International Symposium on Volunteering final
report , the outcome report on the International
Year of Volunteers Informal Consultation, held
in Bonn and perhaps ,Mrs Lukka would give us
today some hints about the survey made by
the British Institute for the Study of Volunteering

Very briefly, I would try to explain you what the
FSVCV is, describe the main activities of the
Foundation and its contribution to the the
volunteer movement in the Valencian Region ,
Spain and the Mediterranean basin .
Finally, I would like to make several action
proposals for the strenghtening of international
cooperation and to make yhe most of the
outcomes of the IYV.

I believe that the Foundation constitutes a
major effort    to break the existing  limits
between the three main domains of social
relations: the public  , the private and the
social one.

Furthermore, it is a serious effort to set up a
cooperation network among those three areas,
which , all things considered, stands out as a
singular experience on the world stage.
2 Who are we? ( introducing the FSVCV)

The Foundation for Solidarity and Voluntary
Work of the Valencian Community ( henceforth
The Foundation ) is a nonprofit organization ,
which carries out its duties in the Region of
Valencia with a view to promoting the values
of solidarity within Valencian society .

The Foundation was precisely constituted
during the International Year of Volunteers,
within the sphere of a political programme
aimed at turning the Region of Valencia into a
international model in the volunteer field.

 In this context came to life the Foundation, as a
shared project among the Valencian regional
government, the financial entity Bancaixa and
the Platform of Volunteering.

Thus , the three key sectors of volunteering :
public, private and volunteer sector, gather
together in an project, that we believe that , up
to the moment, represents a unique experience
in Europe.

What is the philosophy behind the project?

Basically , I would describe it as an effort to set
up a social ethics in accordance with present

First and foremost, I believe that the volunteer
movement is the outstanding fruit of the social
ethics we want to set up.Thus, we will have to
describe the movement            in terms of its
participation of social relations.

And all this, based on three main ideas:

Firstly, the strong belief that a field for
volunteering should be clearly defined, taking
into consideration that it can stand in for
neither public institutions nor the strictly private

Secondly, volunteering is ,above all , the best
way to create social networks and thus, to
stimulate social capital. And taking this idea
as a starting point, we will try to direct our
efforts to foster and promote volunteering.
Finally, volunteering is, nowadays ,         fully
prepared to adopt concepts and ideas such as
quality, efficency, or even competitiveness.

In these three ideas, lies the raison d´être of
The Foundation for Solidarity and Voluntary
Work of the Valencian Community .
3 . What do we do? ( actions of the FSVCV)

To achieve this goal, the work carried out by
Foundation is based on a clear idea: our help
to the volunteer movement is        developed
through an wide range of services offered to
volunteer organizations

The novelty lies in the fact that financing aid is a
small portion of our work. Money is not the
main target of our help , it is services.

Which actions do we carry out?

1 We promote legal framework: A new law
on volunteering was passed with the consensus
of all political parties in the Region of Valencia

2 We lend our premises: The Foundation
offers the association hotel to those NGOs
lacking of headquarters during the first year of
their existance.
3 We offer equipment

We provide the associations with 50 %
subsidized    computers, conference rooms ,
Internet access and so on.

4 We inform and advise

We have a team of experts on accounting, law,
comunication,       project      management,
international counselling who answer all the
questions made by associations .

5 We help with advertisement

We sponsor radio and newspaper campaigns
so that the NGOs are able to promote their

6 We have a library : we have a catalogue of
about 1,000 publications on solidarity matters.

7 We organize    periodic conferences and
seminars on social policies , solidarity and
In 2001, the national Conference           on
Volunteering took place in Valencia.

We have recently organized , with the backup
of   the    European       Commission,   The
Euromediterranean        Civil Forum, which
gathered 400 NGOs from 27 European and
Mediterranean countries.

We carry out reports        and surveys, in
collaboration  with    the    University,  on
volunteering , social organizations and social

Next December , we will launch the Strategic
Plan on Volunteering after more than 10
meetings with NGOs from different places of
the Region of Valencia; in those meetings they
have put forward what they considered to be
their most impending needs.

9 We put the ONGs in contact with the

Next September, we will      open the first
gatherings between media and NGOS , as a
iniciative  with a view to bridging the gap
between those two groups so they will be able
to collaborate more closely.
One of the outcomes of the Gatherings will be
that of publishing an agenda        including the
information about the media responsibles of
the     NGOS and those of the journalists
tackling with social issues in the media.

10 We raise funds

 We are to develop a social corporate
responsability   plan aimed at increasing the
financial resources of NGOS and also at
involving the private sector in     the local

11 We contact international networks

  Firmly convinced that local action requires
global action,   in 2001 the Mediterranean
Observatory on Volunteering was set up.

 The Observatory is a network of organizations
from 12 different countries willing to analize
and study the social reality of the
Mediterranean basin and the work the NGOs
from those countries carry out, with a view to
pinpointing the needs that are not fulfilled,
getting to know the less developed sectors of
volunteering , sharing successful projects and
setting up internatinal cooperation projects.

In 2004, we will be able to launch the White
Paper on the Third Sector of the Mediterranean

12 Finally, and just as a last resort, we
  financially help those organizations that
  carry out formative and awareness programs
  on solidarity and volunteering.
4. Who are we aiming aim at? ( volunteering

Who will aminly benefit    from   this series of
actions ?

Let me offer you some figures, although we
should always bear in mind that they stand for
real people who work day by day to make a
better world.

The Region of Valencia has half a million
volunteers who work in 2,000 NGOs.

In Spain there are three million people carrying
out volunteer work, which represents 15% of
the Spanish population.

 Since 1986 volunteer organizations have
dramatically grown in Spain and, nowadays
there are more than 15,000 NGOs.

Finally , the contribution of volunteering to GPD
is around 4% .
Regarding the Mediterranean stage, the results
of the Mediterranean             Observatory       on
Volunteering, show that associationism is
thriving in this region, in spite of the difficulties
to get to know all the organizations working in
the Mediterranean basin.

Nevertheless, those figures show us that it is
preferable to talking about volunteers ( in plural)
rather than volunteering ( in singular), since the
social, economic, cultural and political
differences deeply influence the shape of
volunteering in each country.
5. Action Proposals after IYV 2001

When it comes to tackling the question of
action proposals after the IYV and their various
assessment, it is quite a challenge to be

What new ideas can I explain to you?

Not many, certaintly . However, I think that we
will all agree on the words Mr Ken Allen said at
the International Symposium “ The International
Year of Volunteers is over but volunteering
must go on.”

We must start by saying          that   IYV has
significantly increased the work, presence and
influence of volunteers. It is necessary to state
this beforehand if we want to encourage the
idea that the efforts of so many people, so
many national Committees, of the International
Association, of Civicus and above all, of the
United Nations should continue.

It is also true that so many multisectorial
meetings on volunteering have strenghen the
joint network task among public, private and
volunteer stakeholders.

It is my wish that an annual meeting between
the main stakeholders in the field of
volunteering should be held. This will allow us
to pinpoint the goals to be achieved.

 We have to make sure that surveys on
volunteering are carried out on regular basis.

Thus, we will have several successive images
of the evolution of volunteering at our disposal
and not just a unique still image given to us in
the International Year of Volunteers.

Besides, taking advantage of the presence in
this panel of a representative of the British
Institute, an academic research network on
volunterism should be set up.

And, indeed we should enhace and consolidate
the working scheme that has characterized the
IYV, that is to say:

        take into consideration    both the
         active participation of international
         volunteer organizations in the field of
         in the process of creation and
         implementation of those actions

        and the impulse of all projects by
         United Nations.

        and with the help of           National
         Volunteeers Committees.

I believe that these proposals are , constitute
an action plan with which we will be able to
tackle the definition of volunteering in the
twenty first century.

We find ourselves in a time of both social and
institutional transition. It is the first time in
history that volunteering can play a leading
and important role on the international
stage.The ideas that boost this process must
come from thinking, dialoge and research.

Thank you.

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