PICA & UNV TOWARDS A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO ENHANCE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS
In presence of H.E Dr. Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) and the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) sign a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the cooperation in areas of mutual interest.
The areas of cooperation aim at delivering on the UN 2030 SDGs through volunteerism as an effective means of implementation and people engagement in the State of Palestine, through expanding the opportunities for more Palestinians to contribute to the implementation of the United Nations purposes and principles, development agenda, peace and humanitarian efforts.
The partnership between both organizations includes the cooperation to increase the presence of Palestine nationals serving the United Nations System as UN volunteers globally in addition to jointly develop a UNV Full Funding programme for Palestinian nationals to be deployed as UN volunteers through UNV modalities.
Furthermore, the agreement aims at developing a UNV Online Volunteering Extension for the State of Palestine to engage Palestinians as online volunteers in support to the implementation of the 2030 agenda.
The agreement was signed by Imad Zuhairi, PICA Director General and Roberto Valent UNDP Special Representative of the Administrator on behalf of the UNV Executive Coordinator.