Aims & Objectives

The Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service (CCIVS) is a non-governmental, non-profit making international organization (INGO) working for the development and coordination of voluntary service worldwide.
CCIVS’ main focus is the quest to achieve change in the minds of men and women 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 actions include advocacy and networking, capacity building and training, UN cooperation projects, impact measurement and quality improvement. It also coordinates two international campaigns Raising Peace and IVS for Climate Justice.

CCIVS is inter-disciplinary: its members are self-regulating and involved in a wide variety of types of activity.

CCIVS was created under the aegis of UNESCO in 1948 and its Secretariat is still in UNESCO House today. It 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. CCIVS has actively contributed to programs and campaigns from diverse UN bodies, and was involved in discussions concerning the creation of the United Nations Volunteers. It received in 1987 the title “Messenger of Peace” by UN Secretary General, Perez de Cuellar.

CCIVS is in official partnership with UNESCO – associate status, liaison status with the FAO and special consultative status with the ECOSOC.

The objectives of CCIVS are:

  1. To promote and develop the voluntary service movement at national, regional and international levels with emphasis on the following priorities:
  2. Peace through international understanding, friendship and co-operation among the people of the world, particularly youth;
  3. Sustainable development and protection of the environment;
  4. Recognition of all cultures in their diversity, emphasising the importance of the world’s cultural heritage;
  5. Human rights, and individual and national liberation;
  6. Opposition to all forms of social, cultural, political and economic exploitation.
  7. To provide effective co-ordination of the activities of CCIVS members.
  8. To facilitate discussion and reflection in a spirit of mutual respect and personal responsibility concerning the aims of international voluntary service and its impact on the volunteers, communities and the worldwide community.
  9. To encourage good relations and co-operation with other voluntary service organisations, other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and with youth and student organisations which share similar objectives.
  10. To co-operate and contribute to the implementation of the programmes and the initiatives of the United Nations, and in particular the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on matters of common interest.

White Paper on International Voluntary Service

"Global Strategies for Global Challenges"

The White Paper is a policy tool for networks and organisations engaged in the field of IVS and for policy institutions, civil society bodies and international institutions who share the values of IVS aiming to provide guidelines to support the goals of IVS on both the internal and external levels. It is a policy paper highlighting strategies and recommendations on IVS 2011-2021. It describes what IVS organisations and networks do, the way they work and the vision and strategies set to achieve their highest goals.


Freedom of Movement is a Human Right actively championed by the IVS movement committed to a world in which all people are free to move and free to settle. This right is universal, inalienable and to be exercised without distinction of any kind.

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