Under the patronage of H.E Sheikh Hisham bin Abdulrahamn Al Khalifa, the Governor of Capital Governorate and in partnership with the United Nations Bahrain, Tamkeen and Ahli United Bank, the Capital Governorate Volunteering Passport is launched.

February 19, 2018
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The Capital Governorate officially announced yesterday the launch of the first edition of the “Capital Governorate Volunteering Passport” during a press conference announcement on February 19th at the Capital Club Bahrain, in partnership with the United Nations Bahrain, and six UN agencies - the United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Capital Governorate Volunteering Passport is the gate that empowers the community to improve their own and others’ lives by volunteering in different events over the year, which will serve towards strengthening community partnerships in Bahrain. It also aims to encourage youth to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was agreed upon by 193 countries in a historic United Nations summit in 2015 and recognizes the impact of volunteer engagement for individuals and corporations. The primary objective of the program is to centralize Governorate’s volunteering initiatives under one platform and in line with the aspirations of the Governorate to raise awareness of community development amongst individuals and their integration into the development of society and social responsibility sought by the Capital’s vision, which is to create "a leading and distinct province in the service of citizens and residents for a better life and sustainable development."
H.E. Sheikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa, Governor of the Capital Governorate, said in his speech during the press conference, in the presence of H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi, Resident Coordinator of UN Activities and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bahrain, that the project aims to codify voluntary work and give it international accreditation with the United Nations Office in Bahrain as part of an innovative program to unify volunteer courses in the Kingdom, in line with the aspirations of the province to raise the awareness of individuals and their integration into the development of society for the direct and positive impact of the process of community responsibility desired by the province.
He added: "The project represents the portal through which the community can strive to improve the lives of its members and others by volunteering in various activities and activities throughout the year. This will contribute to the enhancement of community partnerships in the Capital Governorate, developing the spirit of cooperation and integration with different forces, taking care to develop the spirit of giving to individuals, achieving change towards development. He added that "the global trend now seeks to support the priorities of development policies. It is necessary to open up the creative areas for young people of both sexes by establishing a culture of giving and social responsibility in government and private institutions. The importance of volunteering as an indicator of civilizational progress of any society, reflect the nature of social and cultural awareness and maturity among young people.
He concluded by saying, "I call upon all concerned parties to work towards the importance of joint cooperation in order to promote the culture of volunteerism and grow to it meet the highest international standards. The various forms of support and empowerment of leading institutions in this field, on the basis that philanthropy has been deeply rooted in Bahraini society since ancient times.”
H.E. Mr. Amin El Sharkawi also stated, “We congratulate the Capital Governorate for being the first governorate in the Kingdom of Bahrain to undertake the approach of sustainable development goals.  The United Nations, within the framework of the Strategic Partnership Framework signed recently by the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United Nations for the years 2018 to 2022, which is based on cooperation with various national institutions to support sustainable development, in addition to the Government's Plan of Action 2015-2018 and its Vision 2030, believe that the Volunteering Passport can benefit from the opportunities offered by the SDGs through teaching the volunteers, via professional training programs, how to integrate the goals in action plans and voluntary programs in order to achieve development goals.  These goals and their objectives constitute an important developmental, educational and practical support through which opportunities can be developed for these volunteers of different ages and skills.”
The passport initiative will provide the training and tools that make it easier for individuals, businesses, schools, and government agencies to manage successful volunteer engagement initiatives through training and monitoring.
The conclusion of the program will observe an award ceremony to recognize 18 of the outstanding volunteers within six wards categories:
•Volunteering Pioneer Award: This award is for a volunteer with the most volunteering hours. This award is specified for individuals with more than 29 years old.
•Youth Volunteering Award: This award is for volunteers who are 15 to 29 years old.
•Education Volunteering Award: This a ward is dedicated for all schools and universities.
•NGO Volunteering Award: This award is to recognize the support from a community partner.
•Corporates Volunteering Award: This award is to recognize the support from corporates within the private sector.
•“My Capital” Application Users Award: This award is for volunteers who actively used “My Capital” mobile application.
Individuals and institutions interested to joining the volunteering project can sign up to by visiting the official website on www.cgvp.org and fill up the registration form with their personal information.