UNDP celebrates the International Youth Day 2016 in Darfur

Aug 12, 2016


The United Nations International Youth Day is annually held on August 12 to celebrate the achievements of the world’s youth and to encourage their participation in enhancing society. This year, the theme of the day is: “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production”.

To celebrate the 2016 International Youth Day, UNDP and its Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur Project are organizing a series of events in four states of Darfur from 10 to 13 August 2016. The events all promote volunteerism and the role of youth in Darfur in combating poverty, marginalization and contributing to peace and development.  The events will involve local youth and students, as well as national and international organization and the government authorities.
The events include workshops on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), voluntarism, the role of youth for poverty reduction and community peacebuilding.

Furthermore, a career fair and an environmental campaign will be organized. Each event features this year’s theme and the youth volunteers, local youth and students will discuss the role of youth for poverty reduction and sustainable consumption, taking in account volunteerism and the issues in Darfur.

The youth volunteers are not only participating in the events but are also co- facilitating them. In Nyala, Ms. Anita Bianchi, UNDP’s United Nations Volunteers staff gave a workshop on the SDGs to 9 youth volunteers and 22 participants from the State Ministry of Social Affairs, Women union, Nyala University, UN agencies and NGOs.

Anita says “It is important for all of us to know and understand the SDGs. I found some of the participants had a rough idea of the SDGs but they all showed great interest to know more about them. One of the participants highlighted the need of promoting SDGs at grassroots level; and I think that we, as UNVs, have the power to do that.”

Almazoz Mohammed, Environmental volunteer from Kubum, found the workshop very useful: “The way Anita conducted the workshop was very good and interesting. Now I am able to differentiate between SDGs and MDGs.”
Zuhal Adam, Business volunteer from Mosi IDP camp stresses “International Youth Day is important because our youth needs get focus from the world and it is a good opportunity for youth to be unified.”

UNDP is organizing the events in collaboration with the UNV Office in Sudan, the Peace Centres in the Universities of El Fasher, Nyala, Geneina and Zalingei, as well as UNDP’s partner organizations: El Najah Organization (local youth organization), Practical Action, RAF organization, and Child Friendly Community Initiative (NGO).

The Youth Volunteers Rebuilding Darfur Project is made possible thanks to the generous contributions and support of the Republic of Korea, UNV programme and the Government of Sudan.

For more information about the Youth Volunteer Rebuilding Darfur Project, please see our photo story: https://t.co/s18zYaMMdo

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