Exploring opportunities to build youth capacity

Press Releases
13 April 2017
Mr Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, will visit Syria, Lebanon and Jordan from 17 to 23 April.
UN Volunteer Moustafa Boudria compares a cargo of humanitarian aid with a list of consignments sent by UN agencies to Syria. (Hurriyet Turkey, 2016)

Damascus, Syria. / Mr Kurbanov will meet with United Nations entity partners to discuss the United Nations humanitarian and development response to the crisis in Syria and its impact in the region. While in Lebanon and Jordan, Mr Kurbanov will also meet with some of the 222 UN Volunteers deployed as part of UNV’s Syria crisis response across the region (in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt.)

Mr Kurbanov will explore the potential for collaboration with UN and other partners in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically in engaging youth and enhancing their employability, empowering women, provision of basic social services, and resilience-building work in the country.

“It is never too early to prepare for recovery. UNV is keen to integrate volunteer solutions in Syria, once the situation allows, and investing in youth is key,” Mr Kubanov asserts. “National UN Volunteers embody locally-sourced talent capable of addressing community challenges with locally-owned solutions.”

It is noteworthy that UNV and UN Volunteers have supported United Nations partners in Syria since 1979 through volunteer engagement and development programming. 

UNV has a global track record in mobilizing national volunteers, including women and youth, to support sustainable development. UNV is committed to strengthen volunteer initiatives to promote the engagement of national volunteers in recovery and the delivery of basic social services, in cooperation with national and international development partners.


Sophie Lesselin, Syria Crisis Response Manager, UNV

Tel: +962 777 206 888 | +962 6 2003207   

Email: sophie.lesselin@unv.org


Editor’s Note: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. UNV works with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming. UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With field presence in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide.

In 2016, UNV had over 6,500 UN Volunteers in 126 countries, supporting sustainable development as part of the workforce of our United Nations partners. In addition, 13,000 UN Online Volunteers from around the world gave their time to engage in sustainable development virtually. With 84 per cent of UN Volunteers coming from countries of the global South, UNV acts as a change agent for South-South cooperation within the United Nations system. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


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