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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon


Official Statements on International Volunteer Day 2014
SG Statement by UN Secretary General Admin EC

UNV Pakistan celebrates International Volunteer Day

UNV Pakistan marked International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014 with several programs. In the morning (5th December), UNV Pakistan organized official ceremony jointly with UNAIDS and ILO to commemorate International Volunteer Day and World AIDS Day. It was held at ILO Auditorium, Islamabad.The event aimed to recognize the contribution of UN Volunteers and encourage people to get engaged volunteerism in Pakistan. It also discussed about the needs of legal reframe work on volunteerism through sensitizing the policy makers, local representatives and other key stakeholders with building partnerships.

Mr. Timo Pakkala, United Nations Resident Coordinator delivered opening speech and highlighted the contributions of UN Volunteers. The discussants emphasized the need for strengthening and expanding volunteering activities across the country in order to support to the development process in Pakistan. Volunteerism is the means which can rally make impact in the efforts for sustainable development if it comes out as combined efforts.

The event was attended by Mr. Marc-André Franche, Country Director, UNDP, Mr. Francesco d'Ovidio, Country Director, ILO, Mr. Marc Saba, UNAIDS Country Director, Ms Tracy Vienings, Deputy Country Director, Programme, UNDP, Ms Neva Khan, Country Director, VSO and other dignitaries.  Md. Aktar Uddin, UNV Programme Officer outlined the country UNV programs and plans for expansion of UNV programs in Pakistan. He also stressed to build partnership with UN agencies, NGOs, CSOs, Government of Pakistan and other key stakeholders for strengthening volunteering activities. Pakistan, a great country where volunteerism is engrained and it is widely seen during earthquake, flood and any other crisis. At present, 38 UN Volunteers (9 international, 2 nationals and 27 Youth UN volunteers) are actively involved in supporting development process in achieving UN mandate In Pakistan.  They are mainly assigned substantive program areas i.e., human rights, political policy and planning, food protection, refugee protections, governance, education and administrative functions. 

The event also highlighted the activities of UN Volunteers through photo slides show, which grabbed notable attention of the audience.

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Mr Marc-André Franche Country Director UNDP speaking as a panelist on official ceremony on International Volunteer Day
Mr Aktar Uddin UNV Programme Officer speaking as a panelist on official ceremony on International Volunteer Day
   

 

UNV Pakistan organizes ‘Town Hall and Get Together of UNVs’  

UNV Pakistan celebrated the International Volunteer Day 2014 in a befitting manner. As a part of several programs, it organized ‘Town Hall and Get Together of UNVs’ marking International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2014 held on 5th December, 2014 at Ramada Hotel, Islamabad.

The event aimed to set common understanding about volunteering activities, sharing the knowledge amongst serving UN Volunteers, knowing each other, updating admin and operational issues, and exchange of sharing best practices. The specific objectives were to exchange views between senior management of UN agency colleagues, recognize the contributions of UNVs, explore the programmatic areas for mobilizing more UNVs and building partnerships.

The event was first initiative in Pakistan, where UN Volunteers got the opportunity exchanging views with their heads of host UN agencies having such gathering and sharing best practices with each other. Apart from UN Volunteers, the event was attended by Mr. Amanullah Khan, Assistant Country Director, UNDP, Mr. Carl Paulsson, Head of Programme, WFP,  Mr. Collie Brown, Advisor, UNODC, Mr. Waqar Qazi, Programme Officer of UNHCR, Dr. Akhtar Shah, Deputy Head of Peshawar, UNDP and Ms Laura Sheridan, Project Manager from UNDP.  

The discussants underscored the contributions of UN Volunteers and needs for mobilizing more volunteers to support their development activities. Pakistan has lots of potentials for expanding the programs of the UN Volunteers activities as the country looks forward comprehensive development interventions in establishing peace and development. The partners assured that they would further work on how they engage more UNVs and develop projects with UNV Pakistan for fostering volunteerism in Pakistan. UN Volunteers shared their best practices from the field.

Md. Aktar Uddin, UNV Programme Officer presented the overview of UNV country programs and Mr. Waseem Ashraf, UNV Programme Associate outlined the administrative and operational issues of UN Volunteers. It was very interactive and lively discussions. The program was ended with fun, group photo and dinner.

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Mr. Waseem Ashraf, UNV Programme Associate briefing the UN Volunteers on operational and logistical matters
Group photo of UNV Town Hall meetings attendees
   
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UNV Pakistan organizes Essay Competition among youngsters of Pakistan

UNV Pakistan organized Essay Competition among youngsters of Pakistan on the occasion of International Volunteer Day 2014. The title of the Essay Competition was “Peace, Volunteerism and Youth: Perspectives Pakistan” and we received about 200 Essays from the youngsters. The essays portrayed with encouraging statements and valued recommendations in regards to fostering volunteerism in Pakistan. It was indeed very competitive and well participated.

The panel of judges for this competition found three best writers as the winners and they are Ms. Nayab Mirza from Lahore University of Management and Sciences (1st), Mr. Muhammad Sharif, Lahore University of Management and Sciences (2nd), and Ms Sana Anum Kashan from Virtual University, Karachi (3rd). The Winners were awarded with laptops at the official ceremony of International Volunteer Day event on 5th December in Islamabad.

“ I am feeling great that this essay competition changed my thought about volunteerism and now I understand volunteerism is a great way to contribute the society, individuals and for the country. I am grateful to UNV Pakistan for initiating such nice opportunity for youngsters, “ commented Nayab Mirza who secured 1st position in the competition.   

Mr. Marc Saba, UNAIDS Country Director, Ms Tracy Vienings, Deputy Country Director, Programme, UNDP, Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, Director, United Nations Information Centre,  Mr. Md. Aktar Uddin, UNV Programme Officer, UNV Pakistan  distributed the prizes amongst the winners.

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International IVD Day 2014

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UNV Field Unit Pakistan chalks out several programs to celebrate International Volunteer 2014. The slogan for this year is ‘’People’s participation’’. UNV Field Unit Pakistan invites all of you taking part with in this celebration for widening volunteerism in Pakistan.

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UNV Pakistan offers extended deadline to submit the essay for more participation from our youngsters!!!

Be a Volunteer and Win a Laptop!

Who can participate: University students

Topic: “Peace, Volunteerism and Youth: Perspectives Pakistan”
Length: Essays must be no longer than 1000 words in length, submitted in
English, computer type-written in black ink and double-spaced
Submission:

  • Essay entries cannot have already been published.
  • Any essays found to be plagiarized will be automatically disqualified

and the student will be prohibited from entering any future UNV competitions.

New Deadlines: December 01, 2014

Prizes:
The first three (1st, 2nd and 3rd) best essay writers will be awarded with laptops.

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