“International service is key to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.” This was the resounding message of a recent conference held at the Brookings Institution, with strong participation from America Solidaria. The Sustainable Development Goals aim to end poverty in all its forms everywhere, ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, ensure inclusive and equitable quality education for all, and promote full and productive employment and decent work for all.
In America Solidaria, we believe that our international volunteering program provides an excellent example of the triple impact of service: in addition to transforming the lives of the volunteers themselves and the direct program participants with whom they work, it also contributes to making global civil society more engaged and collaborative.
On June 14th, 2016, the Building Bridges Coalition held its 10th Anniversary Forum, “International Volunteering and the 2030 Development Agenda: Forging Development Outcomes, Research and Alliances.” The conference brought together key stakeholders in the international and national service community to create a plan for strengthening volunteering programs and gearing them towards achieving the goals to which world leaders committed last year.
America Solidaria US executive director Rebecca Nelson presented the draft of the conference resolution, which sets forth an agenda for building public and private support for international service over the next three years. The resolution will be available for review and endorsement on the Building Bridges Coalition website. America Solidaria professional volunteer Niza Castañeda and Harvard intern Isabel Vazquez also participated as youth rapporteurs, helping draft the conference takeaways that were incorporated in the BBC resolution.
Follow this link for social media coverage of the conference.