16 June 2005
President Omar al-Bashir signing as the first volunteer for the National Volunteer Register in Sudan.
(Source: UNV Sudan)Khartoum, Sudan:
As Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir declared 11 June as National Volunteers Day, he registered himself as the first volunteer for a national campaign for peace and development in the country, in a meeting with volunteer organizations.
The event, organized by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs in cooperation with Sudan Council of Voluntary Agencies (SCOVA) at Friendship Hall was held in the capital Khartoum, under the theme "Together for Permanent Peace".
During the meeting, SCOVA, on behalf of the voluntary organizations, expressed its gratitude to the government of Sudan for its increasing support and recognition of the roles of volunteers in peace building and development, and especially for lifting custom duties on logistic supplies for voluntary organisations and non-governmental organizations in Sudan.
In his address President Omar al-Bashir expressed appreciation to the international community, especially the United Nations agencies working in country, for their support towards the peace process and humanitarian efforts to the Sudanese people. The President also said that legislation would be enacted soon that could provide more support for voluntary work in Sudan.
The occasion was attended by volunteer groups, government and UN agencies’ representatives and members of the diplomatic corps.