Workshop What role for international volunteers in Humanitarian Aid and Development?
The Hungarian EU Presidency in cooperation with AVSO (Association of Voluntary Service Organisations) organised the workshop discussion on "What role for international volunteers in Humanitarian Aid and Development" as a contribution to the 2011 European Year of Volunteering. The event examined the role of international volunteering in humanitarian crisis situations and in linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) as well as examining the potential of the European Humanitarian Volunteer Aid Corps (EVHAC).
Core questions addressed in the conference:
· What is the added value of international volunteers in disaster situations?
· How can young volunteers best contribute?
· What do volunteers learn in terms of awareness of development issues?
· What are the real outcomes of international volunteering projects?
· What is in it for Europe and the hosting country?
· What would be the best shape and form for the EVHAC initiative?
This round table discussion took place during the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and under the auspices of the Hungarian EU Presidency.
During the European Year there was a lot of discussion already about Europeans volunteering in Europe. However, more consideration and focus should be given also about how and in what capacity Europeans give their time and skills outside of Europe, especially in other regions of the world, which suffer from poverty, disasters, and complex humanitarian crises.
This round table discussion was held one day after the next Council meeting on Humanitarian Aid and relief, and would like to provide an input into the Council Conclusions on the EVHAC initiative.
Meeting Venue: Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU, Rue de Trèves 92-98, 1040 Brussels
OPINION of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) on combating homelessness. ECOS-V-001, 86th plenary session, 5 and 6 October 2010
p 8 "41. Local and regional authorities should improve their support for the voluntary sector. Homelessness is a structural and policy problem that all public authorities must engage with, but where voluntary organisations also play an important role. Thought should be given to how the European Union can help voluntary organisations to play a more prominent role. The European Year of Volunteering 2011 should be used as an opportunity to raise awareness and explore new forms of cooperating with voluntary organisations on this important issue."
Position Paper on the Economic and Financial Crisis (CEV), 2010
CEV member organisations adopted a Position Paper on the Economic and Financial Crisis, at the occasion of the CEV General Assembly in Brussels, which took place on 6th December 2010.
SOLIDAR SILVER ROSE AWARDS 2011 - CALL FOR NOMINATIONS OPEN
Each year, the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards celebrates individuals and organisations whose extraordinary struggles contribute to social justice and solidarity in Europe and throughout the world.
The winners are awarded at a ceremony in the European Parliament, which this year will take place on 1 March 2011 hosted by Véronique de Keyser MEP, Chair of the Silver Rose jury 2011.
If you have individuals or organisations that you would like to nominate, please fill in the nomination form and send it back to us by 30 November 2010.
The framework programme on “Fundamental Rights and Justice”, aims to promote the development of a European society based on European Union citizenship and which is respectful of fundamental rights, fighting anti-semitism, racism and xenophobia and strengthening civil society. The programme will contribute to the setting-up of an area of freedom, security and justice by combating violence and by providing information on and preventing the use of drugs. Moreover, it will promote judicial cooperation with the aim of contributing to the creation of a genuine European area of justice in civil and commercial matters, as well as in criminal matters.
This framework programme consists of 5 actions: (1)prevent and combat violence against children, young people and women and to protect victims and groups at risk (Daphne III); (2) Drugs prevention and information; (3) Fundamental rights and citizenship; (4) Civil justice and Criminal justice.
Each specific action foresees Operating Grants, to co-finance the functioning of non-governmental organisations, and Actions Grants, to co-finance specific transnational projects.
Programme website and next deadlines: http://ec.europa.eu/justice_home/funding/intro/funding_rights_en.htm