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Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
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World Humanitarian Day: UN Volunteers advance humanitarian work around the world
19 August 2014
Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed into Cameroon to escape violence in their country. The camp of Gado, in the Garoua-Boulaï area, is next to the border of CAR and receives refugees every day. National UN Volunteer, Hamza Tidjani Ousmane (centre), WASH Officer with UNHCR, plays a key role in explaining and showing refugees how important hygiene is to prevent epidemics. (Rakotondrazafy A. M. Ny Aina/UNV, 2104)
Bonn, Germany: World Humanitarian Day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. It is a Day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. UNV joins the world in recognizing those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Read

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CIVICUS launches State of Civil Society Report 2014 with UNV contribution
06 June 2014
In Astana, Kazakhstan, UN Youth Volunteer for Community Development Han Na Kim (left, Republic of Korea) and Aizada Arystanbek (middle), a national Student volunteer, support the MY World offline roll-out on International Youth Day by helping members of the public fill in the MyWorld survey.  (Ji Hyun Yang/UNV Kazakhstan, 2013)
CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society leaders which advocates for citizen participation, recentlly launched its State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance.  A UNV paper on Volunteerism, civic engagement and the post-2015 agenda was among more than 30 contributions to the report from the world’s leading experts on civil society as well as inputs from CIVICUS members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance. Read

  Latest factsheet    
UNV’s Youth Volunteering Strategy
17 July 2014
UNV’s youth volunteering strategy, Empowering Youth through Volunteerism, reflects the call of the Five-Year Action Agenda of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (announced 25th January 2012) for the design of an adequate and well-structured youth volunteering programme. In its turn, UNV’s strategy takes into account youth’s positive energy, creativity and multi-dimensional potential, while addressing the challenges which could impede them (high unemployment rates, inequality, poverty, etc.) In a serious attempt to balance out strengths and advantages against weaknesses and disadvantages, the document sets consistent principles and approaches toward enhancing youth volunteerism. The strategy was developed in close coordination with UNV’s Strategic Framework 2014-2017 and features specific outcomes to be achieved. Read
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