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Taiwanese volunteer group forges partnership at World Volunteer Conference
19 August 2004

Barcelona: The Taiwanese National Youth Commission (NYC) is scheduled to sign an agreement with the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) today to further bolster exchanges between Taiwan and major volunteers group around the world.

NYC chairwoman Cheng Li-chiun, who is currently leading a Taiwan delegation at the 18th World Volunteer Conference being held in Barcelona, Spain will sign a three-way cooperation memorandum with IAVE chief administrator Liz Burns and Wu Ying-ming, chairman of the IAVE Taiwan.

The 2004 World Volunteer Conference opened in Barcelona Tuesday, with some 2,000 volunteers, officials and volunteer coordinators from around the world participating.

During his keynote speech to the opening of the conference, Spanish Deputy Social and Labor Affairs Minister Amparo Val Cerce cited Cheng and praised Taiwan's longstanding commitment to volunteerism.

Participants in the 18th World Volunteer Conference, scheduled to be held in Barcelona from Tuesday to Saturday this week, are expected to make the world aware of what volunteer work represents; to carry out in-depth discussions on the ethical framework under which the IAVE will move forward; and to exchange views on the nature of volunteer commitments in the defense of values such as justice and human rights.

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From: Taipei Times