Conference “We are passionate agents of change. We believe everyone has the power to make a difference” - KyrgyzstanWritten by Cristina
UN Volunteers in KG celebrates IVD 2013 by organizing conference
“We are passionate agents of change. We believe everyone has the power to make a difference.”
Volunteers from different walks of life – literally passionate agents for the better future of Kyrgyzstan gathered for the conference titled YOUNG.GLOBAL.ACTIVE to celebrate International Volunteer Day 2013 jointly organized by UN Volunteers in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Roza Otunbaeva Initiative, AUCA, US Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan and JICA.
This was the first time that most volunteers in Kyrgyzstan gathered to share their experiences and seek new possibilities for future co-operation. Main volunteer organizations active in Kyrgyzstan, such as the National Society of Red Crescent in the Kyrgyz Republic and Doctors Without Borders sent their participants to the event.
The programme opened with the greeting of ex-president Roza Otunbaeva via video. Ms. Otunbaeva reflected on the state of volunteerism in Kyrgyzstan, and urged not only the students, but everyone regardless of their age to revive the ancient traditions of helping each other. The heads of the UN in the Kyrgyz Republic and JICA as well as the representatives of AUCA and US Peace Corps expressed their unwavering respect for their volunteers working for peace and development in Kyrgyzstan.
This year UNV Headquarters had decided to highlight the contributions that youth volunteers are making towards peace and development in the world. Y-Peer and AIESEC represented the younger volunteer cadres by actively participating in the panel discussions, master classes and volunteer fair that was held concurrently with other celebrations.
UN Volunteers also seeks to bring hope worldwide by means of sustainable development, social inclusion and protecting the environment: Reputable international and local NGOs, such as BIOM, BIO-KG, Association for Solidarity for People Living with HIV, Child’s Rights’ Defenders’ League, INTRAC, KNCV, Kamkorduk, IYF, Link 127, Resource Centre for the Elderly and many others proudly upheld these values during the conference.
During the panel discussions and master classes a three-fold message was delivered: We should work for sustainable development by motivating our volunteers to seek co-operation with other organizations and local business. The numerous public was delighted by presentations given by experts in the fields of health care, green economy, capacity building and human rights.
The organizers were especially delighted by the support of local business community: The representatives of enterprise GeoPay participated in the debate about corporate responsibility and organized one of the master classes on monetary transactions in volunteer projects. The local restaurant “Cyclone” provided a free pizza buffet for the participants.
Let the numbers speak for themselves: Altogether 24 volunteer organizations and 300-400 guests participated in the event. Main international organizations and many ministries sent their representatives to the conference.