Every year, 7,700 volunteers contribute to the work of the United Nations. By mobilising these active citizens, the United Nations volunteer (UNV) programme aims at contributing to peace and development worldwide. The current age limit to participate is 25 but at the beginning 2012 the multilateral organisation stated in their five-year action agenda the ambition to set up a UN youth volunteers programme under the umbrella of UNV. As a crucial part in the preparation of this new initiative, stakeholders gathered in the UNV headquarters in Bonn between 11th and 12th October
During the consultation, various civil society organisations, including youth organisations, as well as the various UN Agencies and representatives from UN Member States, were given the chance to provide critical inputs and ideas on youth volunteering. As part of this wider topic, stakeholders discussed three key aspects. Next to establishing finding common ground on establishing the separate programme for youth, engagement in global advocacy and partnerships for youth volunteerism came to the fore. Finally, participants to the consultation went into the issue of capacity building of national and regional youth schemes.
The European Youth Forum welcomes the expansion of the chances to volunteer within the United Nations for those under 25. Representing European youth, the Forum was present as a stakeholder during the consultations. In this position the Forum and other youth representatives engaged themselves to be involved in all aspects of the new programme, including its conceptualisation, establishment and management. Doing so the Forum continues to stress its message of a rights-based approach to volunteering.
- UN Volunteers
- Declaration on the Need of a rights-based approach towards Volunteering, European Youth Forum, 8 September 2011
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