Ethiopian meeting to discuss volunteers' role in development
01 October 2005

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ethiopia is organizing a two-day annual workshop in Bahirdar, the capital of the Amhara State, beginning 7 October 2005 on the theme "Volunteerism for Developmentā€, according to a press release issued by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), which administers UNV.

The workshop, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Development, is expected to bring together representatives from key stakeholders such as government ministries, regional bureaus, NGOs, educational institutes, UN agencies and civil society organizations.

They will discuss the importance of volunteerism and the role of volunteer actions in relation to the national development priorities, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting will also strengthen partnerships between the government, NGOs, the private sector, academia, donors and UN agencies.

The workshop is part of the regular dialogue and follow-up where all the serving UN Volunteers and their host institutions come together to share experiences and common understanding about the UNV programme. 

Established in 1971, UNV is the UN organization that supports the attainment of the MDGs through promotion of volunteerism, including mobilization of volunteers. To this end, UNV provides the opportunity each year for more than 7,000 women and men - 75 per cent coming from developing countries - to support peace, relief and development initiatives in some 140 countries.

From: Walta Information Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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