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The 16th Asia Pacific Volunteer Conference: Thailand Hosts the International Volunteer Conference for the First Time

          The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and Volunteer Spirit Network in collaboration with Thammasat University, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Khon Thai Foundation and Why I Why Foundation organised the 16th Asia Pacific Volunteer Conference; Unlocking the Power of Volunteering from 11-15 November 2019 at Swissotel Bangkok Ratchada.
          Under this year theme – Unlocking the Power of Volunteering, the event aims to create enabling environment for volunteering, enhance recognition value of volunteering and promote volunteer opportunities in the region. More than 400 representatives from civil society organizations, private sector companies, education sector, and social enterprise gathered today to discuss how to work together to better promote volunteerism in the region.
          Mr. Chuti Krairiksh, Minister of Social Development and Human Security welcomed the participants to the regional conference and stressed the importance of volunteerism in his opening remarks:
          "Volunteers are valuable human resources that help fulfil and promote sustainable country development. And the contribution of volunteerism goes far beyond its magnitude.
          For instance, local volunteerism is a fundamental strategy to build a resilient community. The scale and scope of volunteer activity in responding to shocks and stresses are unapparelled."
          The International Volunteer Conference is held every other year, the 15th conference was held in Malaysia in 2017. And this year, Thailand is honoured to be the host and received honours from more than 100 experts from different sectors across Asia Pacific to share their knowledge and experiences in volunteering.
          This events also provides the opportunity for all participants to discuss and find ways to work together for future volunteer work in 5 key areas; Make the Invisible Visible, Unlocking the Lock, Simple but Not Simpler, Flipping SDGs, Stronger Together.
          - Make the invisible visible: how to better support volunteers to make change in their communities
          - Simple but not simpler: volunteer work and opportunities should be accessible but it must be socially responsible and contribute to sustainable change.
          - Stronger together: volunteering process requires cooperation between different sectors, and it should involve a diverse group of people such as various ages, economic diversity, various ideas, gender diversity, etc.
          - Flipping SDGs: volunteering is an important tool to help people participate and work together in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
          - Unlocking the Lock: how to use knowledge, tools, or policies to remove the obstacles to development of volunteer work
          Ms. Nuntinee Malanon, Manager of Volunteer Spirit Network said:
          "Volunteerism is a key driving force for better changes in our society. It is truly a great opportunity for Thailand to host the 16th Asia Pacific Volunteer Conference and to showcase our volunteering experience and learning to international communities. It is also a good opportunity to work together with international volunteering partners and alliances to promote sustainable volunteerism in Thailand."
          
          About IAVE 2019
          IAVE Regional Volunteer Conferences provide opportunities to promote, strengthen and celebrate volunteering throughout the world. The 16th Asia Pacific Volunteering Conference in Bangkok is hosted by The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) and Volunteer Spirit Network in collaboration with Thammasat University, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Khon Thai Foundation and Why I Why Foundation.

          For more information:
          Contact:
          - Kamonchanok Teekakul
          Social Communication Manager, KhonThai Foundation
          Tel: 081-552 1151 Email: Kamonchanok.T@ktf.premier.co.th
          - Kanyarat Ungsakul
          Assistant Social Communication Director, KhonThai Foundation
          Tel: 081-552 1151 Email: Kanyarat.u@ktf.premier.co.th
          - Visit www.iaveap2019.org