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Unlocking youth potential with volunteerism

Mar 14, 2017

In 2016, UNV had over 6,500 UN Volunteers in 126 countries, supporting sustainable development.

New Delhi: Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is visiting New Delhi on 14 and 15 March. Kurbanov will meet the Government of India to discuss global partnership priorities between India and UNV.

Kurbanov will also discuss contributions to India’s largest youth volunteer schemes, such as Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghathan. To support the project, UNV has already mobilized people in the country.

In 2016, UNV had over 6,500 UN Volunteers in 126 countries, supporting sustainable development as part of the workforce of our United Nations partners. In addition, 13,000 UN Online Volunteers from around the world gave their time to engage in sustainable development virtually. With 84 per cent of UN Volunteers coming from countries of the global South, UNV acts as a change agent for South-South cooperation within the United Nations system.

“Unlocking the potential of a nation takes the engagement of everyone. UNV commends India for its National Youth Policy 2014 and combined efforts to empower youth through volunteerism.” Kurbanov underlines.

Kurbanov’s mission to India coincides with arrival of the first UN Volunteer with disabilities. The volunteer was assigned from India to serve in Ukraine as UN Volunteer Specialist for overcoming the stigmatization of persons with disabilities. This deployment is a step towards ensuring that persons with disabilities fulfill their potential with dignity and equality, while also being yet another example of South-South cooperation through volunteerism.

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