UN establishes trust fund to support youth volunteerism

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Young people contributing to a workshop on climate change in Iguiwaz, Morocco. UNDP/CBA Baptiste de Ville d’Avray, 2010

A dedicated trust fund has been set up by the United Nations to boost youth volunteerism and harness the energy of young people around the world to contribute to achieving development goals while enhancing their own lives.

The new youth trust fund is an important milestone in developing the inspirational UN Youth Volunteers Programme.

The announcement was made by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and comes on the first anniversary of the launch by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of his Five-Year Action Agenda which includes a specific measure to "create a UN youth volunteers programme under the umbrella of UN Volunteers."

The trust fund will provide the financial basis for the further design and implementation of the youth volunteering modality, which is expected to be launched later this year and will ultimately each year involve thousands of young people supporting peace and development activities worldwide.

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark noted that "Through volunteering, young people gain a strong sense of civic engagement to bring about transformational change in their communities". She said "Youth participation and volunteering are critical for achieving sustainable human development and UNDP will continue to attach high importance to the youth agenda, including through the UN Youth Volunteers Programme".

As part of its ongoing support to youth volunteering, UNV is currently deploying 87 international youth volunteers to 50 developing countries.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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