The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme 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.
In pursuit of peace and development, UNV was launched in Pakistan in 1971 to complement the work of the UN in Pakistan with the spirit of volunteerism. By establishing partnerships with the Government of Pakistan and other UN agencies, UNV is contributing to the development of Pakistan. UNV Pakistan also builds partnerships with a cross-section of development agencies, corporate bodies, civil society organizations (CSOs) and other potential stakeholders. UNV Pakistan envisages perpetuating productive networks to promote volunteerism by mobilising international and national UNV, and by engaging Pakistanis to go to other countries as UN Volunteers. UNV Pakistan also carries out development projects through mutual partnerships with UN agencies, Government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, CSOs and other stakeholders.
Mr. Aktar Uddin, UNV Programme Officer
Md. Aktar Uddin, UNV Programme Officer, has 13 years of experience in programming, advocacy, partnerships, strategic policy issues, development communication, fundraising, and volunteer management. He has worked for UNDP, WHO, United Nations Mission in Liberia, Action on Disability and Development, Management Sciences for Health and UN Volunteers.
He started his career as sub-editor of a national daily newspaper in Bangladesh. He holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Dhaka. He also has a Master’s degree in Public Health. He completed an advanced certificate course on Research Methodology at the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. He is author and co-author of several articles and publications, and is a member of numerous civil society and volunteer organizations.