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  International Day of Peace 2016    

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. This year’s Day is themed “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.” Volunteerism and volunteers are part of those building blocks, as critical means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In the last 25 years, UN Volunteers have served in more than 50 UN missions in over 30 countries, supporting peace processes in war-torn societies and countries in complex political transition around the world. UN Volunteers help rebuild the social fabric in post-conflict communities, raise awareness on human rights, accompany the victims of violence in seeking justice, and support the healing process. Read more

  IVCO Conference on International Volunteering in Bonn    

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) – both members of the Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) – are jointly hosting the 2016 International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations conference (IVCO 2016) on the UN Campus in Bonn.

About 200 participants are expected to join the event which will take place from 9 to 12 October and focus on the theme “Increasing Resilience of Communities Through Volunteering”. IVCO is an annual conference led by Forum – the most significant global network of International Volunteer Co-operation Organizations – and represents a unique opportunity for information exchange, networking and advocacy work in this sector. UNV and GIZ were among the organizations that participated in IVCO 2015 in Japan, which concluded with a Call to Action to support efforts towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more

  World Humanitarian Day 2016    
On World Humanitarian Day, the UN and its partners are calling for global solidarity with the more than 130 million people around the world who need humanitarian assistance to survive. Under the theme of “One Humanity”, this Day highlights how the world came together in Istanbul for the World Humanitarian Summit earlier this year, and made commitments to support people affected by crisis and ensure that aid workers can safely and more effectively deliver to those in need.

In the last few years, volunteer engagement has emerged as a viable mechanism to complement the action of governments in addressing humanitarian and development challenges, particularly at the local level. UN Volunteers involved in humanitarian affairs make lasting contributions before, during and after crises erupt. Read more
UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)