The Ankara meeting aims to start shifting the development debate to the regions, and will be followed in May by consultations for Asia and Africa in the Philippines and Senegal. The first such meeting took place in Quito, Ecuador, during April.
Delegates at each regional conference are invited to formulate recommendations on volunteering for peace and development. Bringing together the diverse range of organizations will also give them the chance to share a multitude of ideas and experiences, while strengthening partnerships and synergies.
The meeting in Ankara from 18-19 April brings together representatives from across the non-profit sector, from national civil society organizations to government ministries.
Turkey was chosen as the conference venue due to its unique position as a bridge between continents. As well as the host nation, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Yemen are all represented along with a presence from the European Volunteer Centre under the auspices of the European Year of Volunteering.
A global volunteering conference organized by UNV, the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies follows in Budapest during September 2011, and may cement the establishment of a world coalition of volunteering organizations that will speak with one voice. A United Nations General Assembly session during December 2011 will also be dedicated to volunteering.
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