UNDP, UNV Pakistan celebrate International Volunteer Day 2019

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Pakistan and the United Nations Development Programme Pakistan (UNDP) in partnership with the School of Leadership Foundation (SoLF) on Thursday organized one day capacity building workshop to mark the International Volunteer Day in Pakistan. The Day is celebrated every year on 5th of December to recognize and celebrate the contributions of volunteers to peace and development across the world.

The workshop was held for 100 young volunteers who are working on the grassroots level, said a press release.

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.