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|About||The CCIVS is an International Non Governmental Org. engaged in the field of International Voluntary Service, created under the aegis of UNESCO in 1948|
CCIVS is an International Non Governmental Organisation (INGO) engaged in the field of International Voluntary Service (IVS). CCIVS’ main focus is the quest to achieve ‘change in the minds of men’ by bringing together people of different backgrounds. It supports and develops projects based on the idea that working together on a concrete task is the most effective way of creating international friendship and understanding. The projects serve as a catalyst for dialogue as they provide an opportunity to work together according to each person’s ability and to practice living together. In such situations national and international volunteers experience a new reality which can challenge their habits and convictions as well as those of the local community.
CCIVS is inter-disciplinary: its members are self-regulating and involved in a wide variety of types of activity.
With its Secretariat based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, CCIVS has always worked closely with the UN organisation and complements UNESCO intellectual activity and goals in the fields of Education, Culture, Sciences and Communication through a hands-on, non-formal education approach transforming societies at the grassroots level.
The objectives of CCIVS are:
a) The promotion and development of the voluntary service movement on the national, regional and international levels in the contemporary world;
Towards peace, international understanding, friendship and co-operation among the people of the world, particularly youth;
Towards the development and the furthering of efforts in sustainable development and protection of the environment, the recognition of all cultures and their diversity, and the importance of the world’s cultural heritage;
For the benefit of people affected by all forms of social, cultural, political and economic exploitation, unemployment and bad working conditions, and the promotion of awareness and action against these forms of degradation.
b) For the benefit of a fruitful co-ordinatio
The International Voluntary Service (IVS) movement was born in 1920. The first project was held near Verdun in France where a group of European volunteers were helping to rebuild a ruined village. After WWII, faced with the challenges of post-war reconstruction and an increasing number of volunteer organisations, discussions occurred at UNESCO about ways to coordinate and encourage the efforts of volunteering. In April 1948 the International Workcamp Organisations Conference took place and the Coordinating Committee for International Camps was established and based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
From the 1950s the number of volunteer organisations increased all over the world, touching different thematic from de-colonisations to peace, from disarmament to health and human rights.
After 1965 CCIVS began to make contacts with youth organisations in the then socialist countries of Eastern Europe and in the 1970s and 1980s it served as a crucial neutral platform which enabled volunteer youth exchanges between east and west to be organised. In 1971 CCIVS was also associated with the creation of United Nations Volunteers.
During the 1980s the number of East- West projects across the "iron curtain" increased. In 1987 CCIVS was awarded the title "Messenger of Peace" by UN Secretary General, Perez de Cuellar.
In the first 1990s, the North-South and Asia-Europe relationships became increasingly important. From then on, CCIVS became known as a space for the improvement of quality standards for exchanges and for discussion on the development of the International Voluntary Service movement. Leading the reflections of the movement on the impact, recognition and policies related to International Voluntary Service, CCIVS members work today around the five key topics of Peace and Human Rights, Environment and Sustainability, Poverty Reduction and Health, Active Participation and Social Inclusion, Cultural Heritage and Diversity