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United Nations International Volunteer Day 2016

Youth Volunteering for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
Engaging Communities, Creating Change, Transforming Societies

Monday, 5 December 2016

UN Headquarters, Conference Room 7, 1:15pm - 2:30pm

Light lunch: 1:00pm

External visitor's registration: 12:30pm

UN Volunteers (UNV) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are honored to cordially invite you to a New York celebration on the occasion of the United Nations International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2016. This side event will feature voices of youth volunteering locally and globally to implement the 2030 Agenda as well as perspectives from Member States and UN partners on the contribution of youth volunteerism for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The objectives of this side event are to:

1. Pay special tribute to youth volunteers who are engaging their time, energy and skills contributing to the implementation of development and peace programmes in general and to the SDGs in particular;

2. Promote volunteerism as a means of implementation and localization of the SDGs through dialogue, knowledge-sharing, capacity building and exchange of experiences among youth-led groups and other civil society organizations, governments and international organizations;

3. Trigger a productive discussion on novel aspects of youth volunteerism as an opportunity for individuals to show solidarity as well as contribute toward harnessing the demographic dividend.