10 December 2004
Several activities were organized in Guyana to mark this year’s International Volunteers Day (IVD). Among them was a Volunteer Fair held at the Umana Yana in Georgetown on 5 December.
The fair, an exhibition of the activities from various volunteer organizations in Guyana under the umbrella of the Network of Organizations, was well attended.
One of the highlights was the launch of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme's first documentary film and first newsletter. The United Nations Resident Coordinator Jan Sand Sorensen was invited to launch the two items by untying the red ribbons for both the documentary on DVD and the newsletter in its folder.
In his speech Mr. Sorensen praised the UNV Country Office team for its initiative in presenting this "small but important milestone" in improving the cause of volunteerism and by raising awareness of volunteerism through these two media in Guyana. He added that the newsletter would tell the story of volunteer activities and also act as a good communication tool that would forge links amongst organizations and volunteers.
The 15-minute documentary was shot locally and is a collection of interviews of local people, current and past UN volunteers and beneficiary organizations about UNV and volunteering in the country.
The maiden issue of the newsletter focused on Volunteerism and the Millennium Development Goals and UN Volunteers programme in Guyana.
From: UN Volunteers Guyana