INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY 2016 Celebration Held In UNHQ
The UNV Chief Office in New York Mr. Dominic Allen
UN Volunteers (UNV) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) held this event in UNHQ New York to celebrate on the occasion of the United Nations International Volunteer Day 2016.
This side event was feature voices of youth volunteering locally and globally to implement the 2030 Agenda as well as perspectives from the Member States and UN partners on the contribution of youth volunteerism for the Sustainable Development Goals.
The objectives of this side event are to:
Pay special tribute to youth volunteers who are engaging their time, energy and skills contributing to the implementation of development and peace programmes in general and to the SDGs in particular;
Promote volunteerism as a means of implementation and localisation of the SDGs through dialogue, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and exchange of experiences among youth-led groups and other civil society organisations,
governments and international organisations;
Trigger a productive discussion on novel aspects of youth volunteerism as an opportunity for individuals to show solidarity as well as contribute toward harnessing the demographic dividend.
This side event held as an interactive discussion, including a ted-talk style input from a youth volunteer (video conference) and a panel discussion. Presenters will be drawn from the United Nations system, UN Member States as well as youth-led organisations.
H.E. Mr. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Permanent Representative of Armenia to the UN
H.E. Mr. David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN
Mr. Alasan Senghore, Head of Delegation, IFRC
Dr. Farah Usmani, Chief OSQAB, Programme Division, UNFPA
Ms. Saba Ismail, Co-Founder of Aware Girls
Naomi Parekh from the Office of the President of the General Assembly