The first meeting on IYV and International Volunteers Day (IVD) in Mongolia
UN Resident Co-ordinator welcomed and opened the meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to set up the IYV-2001 National Committee, the National Launch of IYV -2001 on International Volunteers Day, 5 December 2000 and as well as to discuss about the preparation for International Year of Volunteers-2001 activities, as the UN General Assembly has proclaimed 2001, as the International Year for Volunteers.
UN Resident Co-ordinator briefly explained about the objectives of the International Year 2001, which are: to increase recognition; to increase facilitation of volunteer work; enhance networking and promotion of volunteering. He also explained that the objectives of the meeting is to bring together a number of organizations with a vested interested in volunteerism with a view to establish mechanisms of promoting volunteerism and to prepare for the International Year of Volunteers - 2001.
UNV Programme Officer raised about setting up National IYV Committee and discussed on (a) plan activities of the national committee; (b) to identify resources in terms of financial, human and institutional resources and to identify the time frame. She welcomes for any suggestions what we activities should do prior to the IYV.
of activities for the up-coming IYV prior to IVD-2000.
Ms. Anita Cleare from VSO supported the idea of changing the image and concepts on volunteerism, and to share with the committee members that by the year 2001, as VSO will be celebrating their organsiation's tenth anniversary in Mongolia. VSO will look into searching for the possibility of volunteers with press and media background and experience within their organization.
Ms. Olonchimeg from Peace Corps shared that this year will also coincide with the tenth anniversary of Peace Corps. in Mongolia and supported the idea of changing the image and concept of volunteerism too. She has elaborated with ideas that using the networking, the event should be organized in whole country.
Ms. Suvd from the Ministry of External Relations stressed that the Government of Mongolia appreciates and highly accesses on all the volunteers contribution within the country. She mentioned that the government is willing to give any support to enable organize the IYV-2001 event successfully. In principle it is possible for the official launching of the IYV -2001 and to declare at the national level in the country.
Mr. Ismail from
Peace Winds Japan raised that there should be a debate on volunteers
achievement in Mongolia with concrete results which we have achieved
over the past years in details.
Set up a working group with the United Nations Volunteers as focal point for the year with a few members which will include each representative from Ministry of External Relations, Peace Corps., VSO, Peace Winds Japan, JOVC, KOICA, Mongolian Volunteers Association, Mongolian Red Cross and such, who would be able to meet regularly at least once a month.
can be in the following directions