For the first time, young people from across the Arab region had the opportunity to work together during a two-day forum organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. This forum is part of the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, which is a regional project UNV is piloting in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.
The forum took place in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 29-30 April 2014, with the aim of exchanging knowledge and best practices, and thus finding ways of surmounting obstacles of youth volunteering in the Arab region.
"I am going to Uzbekistan"; "Where? Pakistan?"; "No. Uz-be-ki-stan"; "Aaah! West Pakistan!"
During my year as a UN Volunteer in Uzbekistan, I have often shared stories about the confusion that habitually ensued when I, proudly, announced my upcoming UNV assignment to friends and family. What I secretly omitted is that I myself had to google the country before being able to pinpoint its precise location in Central Asia.
It has been almost a year since I flew to Uzbekistan to take up my role as ‘Community Outreach Specialist’ for a joint UNDP/UNV youth empowerment project.
In February 2014 the best Crimean athletes and coaches of 2013 were honoured at one of the most important sport events in Crimea: the annual Ball of Champions. The project Young Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for the MDGs, implemented by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was recognized as the best public organization to promote healthy lifestyles in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) in 2013.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia: The International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue opened on 3 December 2013 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. More than 200 young volunteers from over 33 different countries attended the Conference, along with delegates of UNESCO, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education and the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
The three-day event provided young volunteers, experts and practitioners with the opportunity to discuss, display and evaluate ‘best practices’ in the field of volunteerism.
On the occasion of International Volunteer Day, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has launched a report gathering findings, perceptions and recommendations on youth volunteerism in Arab states, as part of its regional project, Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future.
The report is the fruit of twelve months of field work, focus groups, questionnaires, desk reviews and national workshops carried out in 2012 in each of the projects target countries: Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen.
The Caravan of Volunteerism, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Tunisia, kicks off its activities today as part of UN Day events in the city. Organized as part of the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, the caravan will depart from Tunis and travel across the North African country for 14 days, reaching communities and youth in eight governorates, including the most remote areas of Tunisia.
Yesterday, Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, joined a distinguished group of speakers at the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development (IANYD) roundtable in New York, where he publicly released the UNV Youth Volunteering Strategy for 2014-2017.
Young people from around the world gathered for the BYND2015 Global Youth Summit in San José, Costa Rica on 9-11 September to discuss the post-2015 development agenda. UN Volunteers from Peru participated in the summit to highlight the importance of volunteering and the need to integrate it in all United Nations programmes.
Kigali, Rwanda: In cooperation with 22 other African countries, the One UN in Rwanda held consultations in order to formulate a nationally owned post-2015 development agenda. The objective of the consultations was to stimulate an inclusive, bottom-up debate on the post-2015 development agenda. The idea was thus to facilitate a visioning process, which is based on peoples experiences and ideas for the future of the world they want to live in.
Modern youth are often accused of non-participation and indifference to community life and public service, but members of the First Youth Forum in Mykolayiv can dispel this belief. In April 2013, the Youth Forum 'Solving Youth Problems Together' was organized by the youth organization Alter-Sport and the 'Young Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for the Millennium Development Goals' project, with its UN Volunteers working in the Mykolaiv region.