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Pakistan hosts conference on volunteerism and MDGs
03 November 2004

Islamabad: The Government of Pakistan is hosting a three-day "International Conference on Volunteering and the Millennium Development Goals" in Islamabad from 5 December, which is celebrated as International Volunteer Day.

The conference primarily aims to “explore and highlight the importance of volunteerism in achieving the MDGs.” It is organized by Pakistan's National Commission for Human Development, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Volunteer programme.

The Conference, to be formally opened by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was officially announced by the Pakistan Government at the UNDP Executive Board Session in Geneva in June 2004.

The event will provide an opportunity for development stakeholders – the public and private sectors, plus civil society organizations -- to discuss and better understand the role of volunteerism in realizing each of the MDGs.

More specifically, the Conference will consider the opportunities and constraints in promoting volunteerism and the actions needed to create an environment for meaningful corporative, collective and individual volunteer interventions in support of each MDG. It will also contribute to ongoing efforts in Pakistan on the part of civil society and government to facilitate and promote citizens’ participation in development.

From: ICV Secretariat