On Saturday, March 16, 2013, no less than one hundred and ten cyclists took part in a 6.25 kilometer long race through the main streets of the city. Riding not just any bicycles, across each set of handlebars sat a Tshukudu, the 40 kilogram wooden container which converts each bicycle into the regions unique and perhaps most important heavy cargo-carrier.
Last week Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, joined distinguished guests such as the Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and the Norwegian Minister of International Development, in speaking at Fredskorpsets Youth Leadership Conference in Oslo.
Egypt was the first country in the region to sign today a project agreement with the United Nations (UN) to expand opportunities for Egyptian youth in the area of volunteerism. H.E. Dr Ossama Yassin, Minister of State for Youth, signed the agreement in the presence of UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt Ms Anita Nirody, and discussed ongoing UN activities in support of youth development, in a ceremony at the Civic Education Centre in Cairo.
A dedicated trust fund has been set up by the United Nations to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives.
Announced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, the new youth trust fund is an important milestone in developing the inspirational UN Youth Volunteers Programme.
Today exists the largest generation of young people ever known. Technologies like social media and mobile phones have created a generation that is better connected than ever before, awakening in them a new sense of power and potential. Recent events like the Arab Spring have shown that young people are providing the energy, creative ideas and determination to drive reform, and demanding institutions that are more responsive to their needs and aspirations.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is partnering with the Asan Nanum Foundation (ANF) of the Republic of Korea to promote youth engagement in the achievement of human development goals.
Through this partnership, UNV and the ANF aim to positively harness the energy of UN Volunteer Interns towards the advancement of peace and development around the world, while enhancing their participation, citizenship and work-related skills. In 2013, the Foundation will provide full funding for ten young Koreans under the UNV Internship Programme.
On Monday 22 October, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programmes Executive Coordinator, Ms. Flavia Pansieri, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
The Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future Programme is an initiative led by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to facilitate young people's participation in five Arab states through volunteerism as a positive and sustainable mechanism for effecting social change.
On Friday, 24 August 2012, Flavia Pansieri, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and Jean-Pierre Ezin, Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology with the African Union Commission (AUC), signed a letter of understanding in which the two organizations agree to harmonize their efforts to promote the concept of youth volunteerism as a means to advance socio-economic growth and development in Africa.