On Thursday, 13 October, as part of the first day of the Partnerships Forum in Bonn, “Blue Room talks” took place in the World Conference Center.
Blue Room talks - a concept of the UNV Communications Section in collaboration with Deutsche Welle Akademie, are a way for UNV to showcase the real life experiences of UN Volunteers.
The Blue Room speakers moved us with their talks. Their inspiring stories about their volunteering experiences were very personal and came right from their hearts. Through these talks, the UN Volunteers made us realize that global peace and development can be a reality.
Neza moved us with his call for peace for South Sudan. His open palm and his words, “commitment and resilience are vital for volunteers working in peace and reconciliation.” Watch Neza’s talk here
Wendy’s impassioned experience from Columbia echoes her words, “peace is unstoppable.” Watch Wendy’s talk here
Rachel’s work in Lebanon stirred deep emotions about forced displacement and the plight of refugees. “The entire world is my home.” Watch Rachel’s talk here
Thiago’s volunteer work in Swat, Pakistan, inspired by his home in Brazil, transported us to a world where his engagement with local communities reinforces South-South cooperation. “We are working to create an impact.” Watch Thiago’s talk here
Blue Room Talks took us to Niger and we all heard Angela’s words “little actions can transform life in communities.” Watch Angela’s talk here
And then Paula shared that “transIation is my passion and I am using my passion in life for a greater purpose.” Watch Paula’s talk here
Sulaiman from Sri Lanka inspired us, “volunteers see opportunity, not obligation.” Watch Sulaiman’s talk here
Yasmine gave a moving account of her work with asylum seekers and refugees in Egypt, “Volunteerism shook me to the core.” Watch Yasmine’s talk here
And finally the last Blue Room speaker for the day, Aissata’s heartfelt words, “we are all equal, we are all the same,” left us wanting to hear more from our volunteers. Watch Aissata’s talk here