Islamabad, December 05, 2019 (PPI-OT): International Volunteer Day (IVD) is celebrated every year on 5th of December to recognize and celebrate the contributions of volunteers worldwide to peace and development. This year United Nations Volunteers Pakistan (UNV) and the United Nations Development Programme Pakistan (UNDP) in partnership with the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF) celebrated the International Volunteer Day in Pakistan by holding a one day capacity building workshop for 100 young volunteers who are working on the grassroots level. Following the theme for the IVD this year; “Inclusion Through Volunteerism” the workshop included skill building sessions on ensuring inclusion in social action projects. Three young volunteers Sadam Hussain, Mehnaz Begum and Zia Khan also presented the projects that they are undertaking on ensuring inclusive society.
Speaking on the occasion Knut Otsby, Resident Coordinator UN Pakistan said, “Inclusion is recognizing our Universal “oneness” and interdependence. It is also celebrating the richness and value of diversity in our societies. Achieving the transformational promise of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends on ensuring the empowerment, inclusion and equality for all people.”
Aliona Niculita, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP commented “Volunteers promote an inclusive future as they facilitate participation of all segments of society in the quest for peace and development. Volunteer action widens spaces for engagement.”
The workshop was very well received by the young volunteers and they were certain that the insights they gained would help in ensuring that they undertake projects that are geared towards ensuring inclusion in their local communities.
UNV: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. UNV contributes to peace and development by mobilizing volunteers, advocating for volunteerism globally and encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming. UNV’s vision is a world where volunteerism is recognized, within societies, as a way for all people and countries to achieve peace and development through the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.
UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
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