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Humanitarian and peacekeeping operations
The United Nations itself was established in a post-conflict setting, namely in the aftermath of World War II, one of the most devastating conflicts in history. Up to this day, humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping (which often includes or leads up to an electoral operation) represent some of the UN’s greatest - and toughest - field operations and responsibilities.
While development work is geared more towards bringing about longer-term, sustainable human development by addressing underlying socio-economic factors, interventions in post-conflict environments typically address short-term, early recovery emergency needs. While the reality is less black-and-white than this somewhat theoretical distinction, it nevertheless has practical merit.
This is why the UNV programme distinguishes, by and large, between UNV assignments in development environments on the one hand and in crisis settings on the other.
UN Volunteers live in the communities in which they serve and – importantly - are being perceived as politically and socially neutral. UN Volunteers, being non-threatening and global citizens, greatly facilitate the building of bridges between various groups by promoting dialogue and building confidence and trust amongst them.
If you wish to register your profile in our database of potential candidates, please go to register to be a UN Volunteer.
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