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UNV partners with Korean Asan Nanum Foundation to promote youth participation in human development

Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator, and Dr Chung Chin Hong, Chairman of the Asan Nanum Foundation, sign a partnership agreement to mobilize Korean youth to advance peace and development as UN Volunteer Interns.  (Photo:  Celine Bolton/UNV, 2012)Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator, and Dr Chung Chin Hong, Chairman of the Asan Nanum Foundation, sign a partnership agreement to mobilize Korean youth to advance peace and development as UN Volunteer Interns. (Photo: Celine Bolton/UNV, 2012)Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator, and Dr Chung Chin Hong, Chairman of the Asan Nanum Foundation,  exchange congratulations following the signing of a partnership agreement to mobilize Korean youth as UN Volunteer Interns to advance peace and development.  (Photo:  Celine Bolton/UNV, 2012)Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator, and Dr Chung Chin Hong, Chairman of the Asan Nanum Foundation, exchange congratulations following the signing of a partnership agreement to mobilize Korean youth as UN Volunteer Interns to advance peace and development. (Photo: Celine Bolton/UNV, 2012)A delegation of the Korean Asan Nanum Foundation visited UNV headquarters in Bonn to sign an agreement on partnering to promote youth volunteerism.  From right to left:  Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator; Dr Chung Chin Hong, Chairman of the Asan Nanum Foundation; Mr LEE Seung Bok, focal point for ANF-funded Interns; Ms LEE Heeyoon, focal point for the partnership with UNV; Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, Chief of the UNV Partnerships and Communications Division; Marco van der Ree, Chief of the UNV Partnerships Section and Karen Foernzler, UNV Partnerships Development Specialist.  (Photo:  Celine Bolton/UNV, 2012)A delegation of the Korean Asan Nanum Foundation visited UNV headquarters in Bonn to sign an agreement on partnering to promote youth volunteerism. From right to left: Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator; Dr Chung Chin Hong, Chairman of the Asan Nanum Foundation; Mr LEE Seung Bok, focal point for ANF-funded Interns; Ms LEE Heeyoon, focal point for the partnership with UNV; Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, Chief of the UNV Partnerships and Communications Division; Marco van der Ree, Chief of the UNV Partnerships Section and Karen Foernzler, UNV Partnerships Development Specialist. (Photo: Celine Bolton/UNV, 2012)
02 November 2012

Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is partnering with the Asan Nanum Foundation (ANF) of the Republic of Korea to promote youth engagement in the achievement of human development goals.  

Through this partnership, UNV and the ANF aim to positively harness the energy of UN Volunteer Interns towards the advancement of peace and development around the world, while enhancing their participation, citizenship and work-related skills.  In 2013, the Foundation will provide full funding for ten young Koreans under the UNV Internship Programme.

UN Volunteer Interns are recent university graduates up to 30 years old.  The UNV Internship Programme provides young professionals with opportunities to volunteer in their respective fields of specialization and contribute to the programmatic work of UNV and its UN partner organizations.  This exposes them to development realities and to a different socio-economic environment, which in turn enhances their professional and life skills.  UN Volunteer Interns are fully funded by donors.

The UNV-ANF partnership was officially launched today at UNV headquarters in Bonn.  The ANF was represented at the launch by a delegation led by Dr CHUNG Chin Hong, Chairman of the ANF. During the visit, avenues for further collaboration were explored, including the UNV Global Youth programme that is being developed by UNV in response to the Action Agenda of the UN Secretary-General.
    
Flavia Pansieri, UNV Executive Coordinator, welcomed the partnership, emphasizing, “Youth volunteerism is an important means to ensure the greater participation of youth and their inclusion in development processes.   We work to empower young people and gain their driving energy to advance progress towards peace and development.”

During the official launch ceremony, Dr Chung Chin Hong addressed UNV staff, stating that the ANF is excited to work in partnership with the UNV to build peaceful and prosperous communities throughout the world. He added that the ANF is “hopeful that the Korean UN Volunteer Interns will be able to make valuable contributions to the work of the UN around the globe, while also gaining professional skills and cross-cultural understanding which will enable them to develop into global leaders of tomorrow.”

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The Asan Nanum Foundation (ANF) was established in 2011 in memory of Chung Ju-yung. The late founder of the Hyundai Group was one of the first business leaders in Korea to promote and engage in corporate social responsibility activities in the 1970s, in particular through the Asan Social Welfare Foundation. The ANF aims to contribute to the building of prosperous communities in Korea and around the world by carrying forward Mr. Chung’s vision and spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship and social service. For further information, visit: www.asan-nanum.org/main/main_eng.php

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity, as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
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