At the beginning of October, UNV organized a regional consultation for a new initiative: the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future Programme. Launched in May 2011, this is a regional initiative that aims to harness the power of youth through volunteerism, drawing on the inherent core values of self-help, solidarity and social cohesion. It will be implemented in five countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. Participants in the meeting, including youth, civil society and government representatives, discussed the findings from five national consultations in these countries and agreed on the strategic directions for the future of this programme. Ghulam Isaczai, Chief of UNVs Development Division, was interviewed on the programme.