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Drawing of a secure and peaceful house, with boats and people at sea in the background, drawn by a girl during her stay at a refugee camp in Greece. (UNV, 2016)
Assistance in the midst of the refugee crisis
24 June 2016
Thessaloniki, Greece: I am serving as a UN Volunteer Interpreter with UNHCR at the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Greece, where I provide interpretation services for an increasing number of people every week. By assisting refugees in their communication with Greek officials, I help people understand what their options and their rights are. I feel confident that my work here in Greece will help reduce the suffering of the asylum seekers and give them hope for their future. Read
“Think of volunteers as the amino acids of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus at forum in Washington
20 June 2016
Washington, D.C., the United States:

“Think of [Volunteers] as the amino acids of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, addressing the 10th Anniversary International Forum for Volunteering in Development held at the Brookings Institution in Washington on 14 June 2016. Read

New Brand for United Nations Volunteers
15 June 2016
Bonn, Germany For over forty years the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has contributed to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Since our founding by the General Assembly in 1970, UNV has worked with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming. In the last twenty-five years, UNV’s mandate has evolved to become an important part of peacekeeping operations and to promote the recognition of volunteerism worldwide. Read
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