The UN Sustainable Development Goals

13 August 2021 | News

The UN Sustainable Development Goals

Many of you will have noticed that during the past year Volunteering Waikato has been adding a little extra to the majority of your roles - the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

A couple of people have expressed concern about having a 'political statement' on their listing, however the SDGs are not a political statement. They are a universal plan of action for people, planet and prosperity, strengthening peace and requiring partnership for their implementation - an inclusive and bold commitment to the people and the planet.

Increasingly funders are considering the SDGs as part of their decision-making process, and it is helpful for your organisation to understand how your work contributes to the outcomes of the SDGs. When you list a role, we look at the outcome of that role, and add the relevant SDGs.

Volunteering is a key contributor in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs cannot be achieved without people’s engagement at all stages, and without new partnerships, including with volunteer involving organisations, groups and projects [VIOs]. VIOs can be brokers of and provide spaces for engagement, connecting institutional initiatives with volunteer action at community level. It is crucial that volunteers are involved from the planning stage when governments and institutions align their plans to the SDGs. Volunteering transforms the volunteers as well as the people they work with.

Volunteering Waikato aims to create a community enriched by volunteering, dedicated to leading positive change in the community. The support and promotion of volunteering gives us the opportunity to address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection. Much can be achieved through volunteer action and engagement.

Click here to read more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals...