UNV at TICAD: Strengthening youth volunteering in Africa
Yokohama, Japan: Youth development is one of the most important issues on the global agenda for peace and sustainable development. About 65 per cent of the total population of Africa is below the age of 35, and over 35 per cent is between 15 and 35.
Volunteerism offers valuable opportunities for youth to engage and contribute to the development of peaceful and inclusive societies. It also allows young people to become active empowered citizens, to acquire skills, build their capacities and increase their employability.
On 2 June, during the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme will host a side event to highlight the significance of youth volunteering for peace and sustainable development in Africa.
UNV promotes youth volunteerism as a people-centred resource for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and sustainable development. Through greater citizen participation, youth volunteering facilitates access to work and contributes to forming young leaders.
In 2012, a total of 966 UN Volunteers, approximately 14%, were between the ages of 21 and 29. To further strengthen its focus on youth, UNV launched the Youth Volunteering programme in 1976. Since then, UNV has partnered with ten universities including Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Japan to provide an opportunity for youth to realise their full social, economic and human potential. These volunteers gain a strong sense of civic engagement to bring about transformational change in their communities.
Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, will open the side event at TICAD, where participants will discuss ways to strengthen continental, regional and national youth volunteer programmes in Africa. Representatives of the African Union youth volunteers and Japanese youth will present their activities and their views on volunteering.
UNV SIDE EVENT - Youth Development through Volunteering for Peace and Sustainable Development in Africa: How to Further Strengthen Continental, Regional and National Level Youth Volunteer Programmes for and with the Young People in Africa
Date: 2 June 2013
Time: 17:30-19:00 (opens at 17:10)
Venue: Conference Room D, Second Floor, Annex Hall, PACIFICO Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama Japan (+81-45-221-2155) Map: HERE
Language: English, with simultaneous interpretation into Japanese and French available
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