Volunteering for Climate Action
26 - 28 October 2020

Why you should register for IVCO2020

  • World’s biggest conference for volunteering for development practitioners and research
  • Closest possible experience to a face-to-face conference with a Pacific virtual conference centre
  • Be part of the growing movement for volunteering for climate action
  • Network with colleagues across the world
  • Be at the launch of the first global report on volunteering for climate action
  • Visit, talk, watch with volunteering for development organisations at the world cafe
  • Connect and ask questions with experts in a one-on-one or collaborative environment


Registration fees

Fees below are listed in Euros.

Registration type Standard rate
Forum Members € 200
Forum Associates € 225
Non-Forum Members € 250

Find out more about becoming a member of Forum, a network of more than forty volunteering for development organisations.

Global South Subsidy

Low-income organisations are eligible to apply for a subsidised registration to enable their attendance to IVCO2020.

To apply please submit an application form by 12 October 2020.

Program

IVCO’s digital experience will be different from years past. There will be a range of international friendly time zone-based sessions, on demand content, networking in the Bula Lounge and IVCO classics you’ve come to love like the World Café, reimagined into the virtual conference centre.

As the event was originally due to be held in Fiji, the program schedule below is in Fiji Time. To find out when sessions might fall in your time zone, try this free time zone tool.  

Themes

With climate change the most pressing threat to our planet and species, and with only 3 per cent of current international volunteering attributed to environmental sustainability, the conference provides the opportunity to raise the awareness, quality and quantity of volunteering for climate action to contribute to SDG13.

This theme presents an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to explore what we mean by volunteering for climate action, to recognise and share good practice from our organisations and agree on ways forward, as organisations and as a sector, to improve the quality and impact of our work.

Meetings

Invitation Only:

Intergovernmental Meeting – Monday 26 October 22:00- 23:00 FJT/10:00-11:00 GMT

Forum AGM – Tuesday 27 October 22:00- 23:00 FJT/10:00-11:00 GMT

Forum RPPL (Half) Day – Thursday 29 October  23:00- 00:30 FJT/11:00-12:30 GMT

Contact Molly Garcia-Underwood for enquiries regarding the Intergovernmental Meeting.

Contact Forum for enquiries regarding the AGM or the RPPL Meeting.

Welcome Messages
Special messages from;
  • The Prime Minister of the Republic of Fiji, the Right Honourable Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama
  • Minister for International Development and the Pacific and Assistant Defence Minister, The Hon Alex Hawke MP
DAY 1 - Monday 26 October 2020
  Recorded

Session 1 - Opening Session

Live FJT, then available on demand
Welcome to the virtual conference of International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations - IVCO2020

11:00-11:45 FJT/23:00-23:45 GMT (Sunday 25)

Speakers: Paul Bird, CEO AVI, Chair Forum; His Excellency Mr. J. Feakes, Australian High Commissioner to Fiji; Kiji Faktaufon, Regional Director (Central and North Pacific) - Australian Volunteers Program; Dignitaries from Fiji

MCs:  Amelia Rigsby & AnnMary Raduva

This session will officially open IVCO2020, welcoming delegates and distinguished guests, reflecting on the complex challenges we face today in the context of climate change and COVID-19. The CEO of AVI, Paul Bird, will also speak to the objectives of this year's IVCO and together with special guests from Fiji will provide some insight into the topcs being addressed in the following three days.


BREAK

11:45-12:00 FJT/23:45-00:00 GMT (Sunday 25)

Session 2 - Keynote

On Demand
COVID-19 and Climate Change

12:00-12:15 FJT/00:00-00:15 GMT

Speaker: Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum

MC: Amelia Rigsby

Dame Meg Taylor in conversation with Amelia Rigsby. The COVID-19 public health emergency and its ensuing humanitarian and economic fallout offers us a glimpse of what the global climate change emergency can become – if it is left unchecked and if we do not act now.

  Live Recorded
WORLD CAFÉ & BREAK

12:15-13:00 FJT/00:15-01:00 GMT

Session 3 - Panel Discussion

Pre-recorded & Live FJT, then available on demand
Volunteering for Climate Action: IVCOs for climate justice

13:00-14:00 FJT/01:00-02:00 GMT

Speakers: Dr. Peter Devereux, Research Fellow, Curtain University; Dr. Cliff Allum, Researcher, University of Birmingham, UK

Moderator: Paul Bird, CEO, AVI

Climate change has been largely caused in the Global North but the Global South faces its most pressing impacts. IVCOs have a distinctive advantage because of work with partners, volunteers and returned volunteers in North and South but require acceleration of work on global citizenship, civil society engagement and partnerships.

  0800 GMT+0
0930 GMT+0
1030 GMT+0
1330 GMT+0
1530 GMT+0

Session 4 - Panel Discussion

Pre-recorded & Live FJT, then available on demand
Advocacy, Policy and Systems: How volunteering can help climate change advocacy initiatives to influence policies and systems

14:30 - 15:45 FJT/02:30-03:45 GMT

Speakers: Rita Warleigh, Founder, IVP; Jessica McCommon, Researcher, Humanitarian Advisory Group; Jess Lees, Leader, Humanitarian Advisory Group; Africa Zanella, CEO, Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics

Moderator: Hattaya Wongsaengpaiboon, VSO

This session will discuss the role of volunteers in advocacy movements that influence policy and system change. This session will focus on case studies that demonstrate how volunteers have supported progress towards SDG 13.3: Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning.
  1100 GMT+0
1230 GMT+0
1330 GMT+0
1630 GMT+0
1830 GMT+0
WORLD CAFÉ 

15:45-16:30 FJT/03:35-04:30 GMT

Session 5 - Panel Discussion (Time Zone Friendly)

Pre-recorded & Live, then available on demand
Advocacy, Policy and Systems: How volunteering can help climate change advocacy initiatives to influence policies and systems

22:00-23:15 FJT/10:00-11:15 GMT

Speakers: Lénaïk Le Poul, Programme Manager, France Volontaires; Simon Laflamme, Environment and Climate Change Advisor, Oxfam-Québec; Gerasimos Kouvaras, Director, ActionAid Hellas 

Moderator: Yvette Macabuag, CUSO

This session will discuss the role of volunteers in supporting adaptation and resilience, drawing on case studies that demonstrate how volunteers have supported progress towards SDG 13.1: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

WORLD CAFÉ 

23:15-00:00 FJT/11:15-12:00 GMT

DAY 2 - Tuesday 27 October 2020
  Recorded

Session 6 - Welcome 

Live FJT, then available on demand
Welcome to Day Two and Keynote
Australia’s enduring commitment to climate resilience in the Indo-Pacific 

08:45-09:00 FJT/20:45-21:00 GMT (Monday 26)

Speaker: Jamie IsbisterAustralia’s Ambassador for The Environment

MC:  Amelia Rigsby & AnnMary Raduva

  Recorded

Session 7 - Panel Discussion

Live FJT, then available on demand
Volunteering for climate action in the Pacific

09:00-10:45 FJT/21:00-22:45 GMT (Monday 26)

Speakers: Pelenise Alofa, Coordinator, Kiribati Climate Action Network; Krishneil Narayan, Director, Sustainable Future Consultancy; Joeseph Sikulu, Regional Campaigner (Pacific), 350.org; Daniel L Taufaga, Project Manager CAN DO, ADRA; Tulua Finikaso, Volunteer, IFRC.

Moderator: Bonnie Learmonth, Independent Researcher

This discussion will focus on the work of Pacific based volunteers in supporting climate action. The discussion will include stories of successes, key challenges and key messages for the Forum audience, on how they can support stronger climate action in the region and internationally.

Session 8 - Panel Discussion 

Pre-recorded & Live FJT, then available on demand
Awareness, Adaptation and Resilience: 

Leading the Pacific – Vanuatu’s plastic ban

10:45-11.45 FJT/22:45-23:45 GMT (Monday 26)
Speakers: Australian Volunteers Program Panel : Ionie Bolenga, Principal Waste Management and Pollution Control Officer, Department of Environmental Protection and Conservation; Viviane ObedGeneral Manager, Further Arts; Dan OwenCultural Economic Development Facilitator, Fondation Suzanne Bastien Gallery; Margaret Morris, Urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation Implementation Officer, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. 

Moderator: David JonesRegional Director, Solomon Islands, Kiribati & Vanuatu, Australian Volunteers Program.

Vanuatu is the first country in the Pacific to ban single use plastic bags and polystyrene takeaway containers, and the first country in the world to ban plastic straws. These bans make it illegal to manufacture, sell or give away single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene take-away containers. This was achieved through collaboration between community members, non-government organisations, advocacy groups, government agencies and Australian volunteers on the Australian Volunteers Program.

The panel will talk about how the ban was achieved, how the policy has rolled out across Vanuatu, and what the desired outcomes are. Panellist will explain how COVID-19 has impacted efforts, including the weakened economy and lack of tourists. It will also discuss the contribution Australian volunteers make to locally-led development outcomes.

Session 9 - Panel Discussion

Pre-recorded & Live FJT, then available on demand
Capacity Building: How volunteering can help strengthen capacity in organisations and systems responding to climate change
11:45-13:00 FJT/23:45-01:00 GMT (Monday 26-Tuesday 27)
Speakers: Shenuka Peiris, Volunteer Mobilisation and Chapter Coordinator, Engineers Without Borders; Courtney May, Activist, Australian Volunteers Program; Andrew White, Volunteer, Australian Volunteers Program; Rebecca Pursell-Gotz, Research Specialist, VSO.

Moderator: Heather Shapter, Crossroads

This session will discuss the role of volunteers in supporting capacity development in organisations and systems that respond to climate change. Capacity building theme sits across all of the other 3 conference themes but warrants a stand alone session to capture volunteer activity that might not sit neatly within the other SDG targets.
WORLD CAFÉ & BREAK

13:00-14:30 FJT/01:00-02:30 GMT

Session 10 - Workshops 

Live FJT
How to increase volunteering for climate action opportunities in our programs

14:30-16:00 FJT/02:30-04:00 GMT

Moderators: 

Paul Bird AVI
David Styers VGA
Erin Bateman WUSC
Stephen Goodman VSA

Join these workshops to discuss how, as a sector, we can increase volunteering for climate action opportunities in our programs, building a sustainable future for our planet. Each workshop will last approximately 15 minutes, with moderators rotating between groups, allowing for participants to attend each workshop. All groups will come back together at the end for moderators to share the findings from the workshops. 

  • 10A Mainstreaming as a cross cutting theme

    Should climate change be assessed for our in-country programs and partners in the same way as cross cutting themes such as gender equality?

  • 10B Advocacy, Policy & Systems

    The biggest impact we can make is in positively changing policy and systems, so how can volunteering for climate action achieve this?

  • 10C Awareness, Adaptation & Resilience

    How can we harness volunteering for climate action models and practice to support communities and partner organisations to adapt and reduce their exposure to the effects of climate change?

  • 10D Capacity Building

    How can volunteering better build the capacity in partner organisations and networks that work in climate change to be more effective?

BREAK

16:00-19:45 FJT/04:00-07:45 GMT

Session 11 - Panel Discussion (Time Zone Friendly)

Pre-recorded & Live, then available on demand
Capacity Building: How volunteering can help strengthen capacity in organisations and systems responding to climate change

19:45-21:00 FJT/07:45-09:00 GMT

SpeakersMoyosoluwa Oladayo, Global Volunteering for Development Officer, VSO; Abeng Lucky, CEO, Onemanonehectre Ltd ; Geeta Devi Pradhan, Global Lead Advisor Gender, VSO; Bhola Bhattarai, Executive Advisor, National Forum for Advocacy.

Moderator: Mark Cumming, Comhlámh

Session 12 - Panel Discussion (Time Zone Friendly)

Pre-recorded & Live, then available on demand
Awareness, Adaptation and Resilience: How volunteering can raise awareness in partner organisations, helping them adapt and build resilience to the effects of climate change

21:00-22:00 FJT/09:00-10:00 GMT

SpeakersKudzo Nyameko GBEMO, Founder, Assosiation JSA; Diego Regosa, Coordinator, France Volontaires; Awonkeu Francois, Team Leader, Cuso International.

Moderator: Samuel Turay, VSO

BREAK

22:00-22:15 FJT/10:00-10:15 GMT

Session 13 - Workshops (Repeated Live)

Live
How to increase volunteering for climate action opportunities in our programs

22:15-23:45 FJT/10:15-11:45 GMT

Moderators:

Rebecca Tiessen Uni Ottawa
Fred Sadia Kenya, VIO
Nichole Cirillo IAVE
Alfred Kuma VSO

Join these workshops to discuss how, as a sector, we can increase volunteering for climate action opportunities in our programs, building a sustainable future for our planet. Each workshop will last approximately 15 minutes, with moderators rotating between groups, allowing for participants to attend each workshop. All groups will come back together at the end for moderators to share the findings from the workshops. 

  • 13A Mainstreaming as a cross cutting theme

    Should climate change be assessed for our in-country programs and partners in the same way as cross cutting themes such as gender equality?

  • 13B Advocacy, Policy & Systems

    The biggest impact we can make is in positively changing policy and systems, so how can volunteering for climate action achieve this?

  • 13C Awareness, Adaptation & Resilience

    How can we harness volunteering for climate action models and practice to support communities and partner organisations to adapt and reduce their exposure to the effects of climate change?

  • 13D Capacity Building

    How can volunteering better build the capacity in partner organisations and networks that work in climate change to be more effective?

DAY 3 - Wednesday 28 October 2020

  Recorded

Session 14 - Welcome

On demand
Welcome to Day Three

10:00-10:15 FJT/22:00-22:15 GMT (Tuesday 27)

MC: Amelia Rigsby & AnnMary Raduva

  Recorded

Session 15 - United Nations Volunteers Update

On Demand
Volunteering in the SDG Decade of Action – a Global Call to Action

10:15-11:15 FJT/22:15-23:15 GMT (Tuesday 27)

Speakers: Boram Kim, Plan of Action Coordinator, UNV; Emma Morley, Chief of Voluntary Advisory Services, UNV

The global technical meeting on reimagining volunteering for the 2030 Agenda held in July 2020 issued a global call to action titled Volunteering in the Decade of Action. This session will explore how to keep this call to action alive through collective efforts and share some of the follow up actions under consideration following the successful convening of global stakeholders in July 2020 and as UNV concludes its mandate given by the United Nations General Assembly to coordinate the implementation of the plan of action to integrate volunteering into the 2030 Agenda.

  0800 GMT+0
11:00-11:45 GMT+12

Session 16 - Panel Discussion

Pre-recorded & Live FJT, then available on demand
Volunteering for Development in the era of COVID-19

11:15-12:15 FJT/23:15-00:15 GMT (Tuesday 27)

Speaker: James O'Brien, Director, Forum; Jean Tan, Executive Director, Singapore International Foundation; Helene Perold, Director, Helene Perold and Associates; Aarathi Krishnan, Strategy and Foresight Advisor, UNDP.

This session will explore the impact of COVID-19 on the volunteering sector, our response to the pandemic and the longer-term impact it will have on how we work. It draws on initial findings from Forum’s research project on COVID-19 and the Future of Volunteering for Development.

WORLD CAFÉ & BREAK

12:15-13:00 FJT/00:15-01:00 GMT

Session 17 - Workshops

Live
Volunteering for Development in the era of COVID-19

13:00-14:30 FJT/01:00-02:30 GMT

Moderators:

Hattaya Wongsaengpaiboon VSO
Erin Bateman WUSC
Paul Bird AVI
Stephen Goodman VSA

Following the presentation by James O’Brien in Session 16,  there will be workshops lasting approximately 15 minutes, with moderators rotating between groups, allowing for participants to attend each workshop. All groups will come back together at the end for moderators to share the findings from the workshops. These workshops will give attendees an opportunity to collaborate on innovative solutions and discuss best practices on the following topics:

  • 17A Volunteering for Post-COVID-19 economic recovery

    COVID-19 has been as much an economic crisis as a health emergency. How can volunteering for development support economic growth?

  • 17B New programme focuses post COVID-19

    Have our themes changes as a result of COVID-19, such as the need to strengthen health systems now?

  • 17C Diversifying our volunteering models

    How can we harness volunteering for climate action models and practice to support communities and partner organisations to adapt and reduce their exposure to the effects of climate change?

  • 17D Lessons for future crises from the COVID-19 response

    What did we do well in responding to COVID-19 that we can apply to future emergencies?

  1100 GMT+0
1230 GMT+0
1330 GMT+0
1630 GMT+0
1830 GMT+0
2000 GMT+0

Session 18 - Closing (Pacific)

Live FJT, then available on demand
Closing Keynote

15:00-15:30 FJT/03:00-03:30 GMT

Speakers: James O'Brien, Forum; Paul Bird, CEO AVI Chair Forum

BREAK (TIME ZONE FRIENDLY SESSIONS AFTER THE BREAK)

15:30-21:00/03:30-09:00 GMT

Session 19 - Workshops (Repeated Live)

Live
Volunteering for Development in the era of COVID-19

21:00-22:30 FJT/09:00-10:30 GMT

Moderators:

Dr. Jacob Mwathi Mati Researcher
Mark Cumming Comhlámh
Paul Bird AVI
Cliff Allum Uni. Birmingham

Following the presentation by James O’Brien in Session 16,  there will be workshops lasting approximately 15 minutes, with moderators rotating between groups, allowing for participants to attend each workshop. All groups will come back together at the end for moderators to share the findings from the workshops. These workshops will give attendees an opportunity to collaborate on innovative solutions and discuss best practices on the following topics:

  • 19A Volunteering for Post-COVID-19 economic recovery

    COVID-19 has been as much an economic crisis as a health emergency. How can volunteering for development support economic growth?

  • 19B New programme focuses post COVID-19

    Have our themes changes as a result of COVID-19, such as the need to strengthen health systems now?

  • 19C Diversifying our volunteering models

    How can we harness volunteering for climate action models and practice to support communities and partner organisations adapt and reduce their exposure to the effects of climate change?

  • 19D Lessons for future crises from the COVID-19 response

    What did we do well in responding to COVID-19 that we can apply to future emergencies?

Sponsors

IVCO2020 is supported by the Australian Government and the Fiji Government.

Fiji Coat of Arms            Australian Aid Logo

Event Highlights


Virtual Conference Centre

Guest Speakers

Global Networking

Research Launch

World Café

Frequently Asked Questions

Due to global travel restrictions arising from the COVID19 pandemic, the International Forum for volunteering for Development Board has made the decision to run IVCO2020 as a virtual conference. This means no delegates miss out on the opportunity to gain all of the usual benefits by attending a virtual conference (hosted by AVI) reflecting the face to-face experience as closely as possible.
AVI is currently developing a comprehensive conference guide, which will be made available to all delegates. Virtual conferences are becoming increasingly common and attendees can expect an excellent program delivered via a highly intuitive, user friendly digital platform.
Yes! The virtual conference centre you log into will be designed in the theme of a traditional Fijian community hall and we continue to strongly encourage presenters from Pacific countries.
Yes, the registration process is the same as a face-to-face conference.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event which you can use to access the online conference portal.
Yes. The IVCO2020 conference portal will remain open 24 hours a day for 90 days. You can attend and watched recorded content whenever it’s convenient for you during this time.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Yes. Like a face-to-face conference, you will be provided with a virtual conference bag! You can add all documents available to your online bag and email them to yourself or share items with colleagues and friends by entering their email address.
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It is not mandatory to install software to participate in the event. You will have a better experience if you choose to download and install Zoom when prompted to do so, after clicking on the event link. Zoom is free software, but can also be accessed through your browser without download if you wish. You need to have access to the Internet to participate in our events.