Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
UNV-VSA panel at SIDS conference agrees: volunteerism strengthens partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals
11 September 2014
UNV and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) renew their exemplary partnership
Speakers on the panel discussion jointly hosted by UNV and the Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand) in Apia, Samoa agreed that volunteerism strengthen partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable development goals. The panel discussion was held during the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which drew more than 3,000 participants to the South Pacific and closed having produced a draft outcome document that recognizes the relevance of civil society role in sustainable more development for its members. Read
09 September 2014
Civil society supports volunteer role for development after 2015
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) are signing a new full funding agreement, marking and confirming the continued strength of their longtime partnership.
For more than 20 years, UNV and AECID have built up a dynamic alliance in making a difference in peace and development in over 50 countries world-wide. They share a common vision in contributing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by promoting and strengthening volunteerism around the world. Read
04 September 2014
RIO 2016 Volunteer Programme
Less than 500 days ahead of the new development agenda, the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference on "2015 and beyond: our action agenda" (New York, 27-29 August 2014) gathered thousands of civil society partners from all over the world. The strong presence of volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs) throughout the Conference clearly impacted its Final Declaration, which features important mentions of the role of volunteers for sustainable development. Read
03 September 2014
UN Secretary-General emphasizes power of youth volunteers at 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has organized consultations to explore how volunteerism can be given more visibility during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This follows the successful support provided by UNV during the Beijing Olympic Games. Read
27 August 2014
World Humanitarian Day: UN Volunteers advance humanitarian work around the world
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the UNSG’s Envoy for Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, visited Nanjing, China to attend the opening ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games. During an interactive panel discussion at Nanjing University with 200 Chinese youth volunteers and representatives of youth organizations from other countries, the UNSG called on youth to recognize the power they had to reduce world poverty and make further advances in sustainable development. Read
19 August 2014
UNV in action: humanitarian assistance in Cameroon
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
19 August 2014
500 days to the MDGs deadline! UN Volunteers mark their contribution to the MDGs and shape their role in the post-2015 agenda
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. Read the photo story of UN Volunteers helping improve the lives of people in the camp
. In the aftermath of conflicts or natural disasters, people often need assistance from the international community. The United Nations is there to help get the aid flowing and to enable recovery and rehabilitation. UN Volunteers play a key part in delivering this assistance, and often at the front line. Read
18 August 2014
Can youth change the world?
Today marks the 500-day milestone until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight goals established by the United Nations and governments around the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems. UNV’s experience from the past decade in supporting the MDGs has shown that volunteering helps attain development objectives in a sustainable way, since it durably influences the way people relate to their communities and provides opportunities for wider participation in development processes. Read
12 August 2014
UNV official message for International Youth Day 2014
We know, from working with thousands of young volunteers over the course of UNV's 40-year history, that young people are creative, passionate, and energetic. When applied to tackling the world’s leading peace and development challenges, there’s no limit to the innovative solutions that they can come up with. With our new UN Youth Volunteers Programme, we’re helping our UN partners to harness the power and potential of young people to achieve lasting development results. Starting on International Youth Day 2014, UNV is celebrating different youth heroes each week to show that you’re never too young to change the world. We’ll be posting a new inspiring profile at least once a week for 8 weeks. Make sure that you follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page! Happy International Youth Day!
12 August 2014
Today, on International Youth Day 2014, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins the world in celebrating the role of young women and men as partners for positive change. Please join us in celebrating the millions of young volunteers around the world who, whatever their circumstances, are doing their share, and more, to improve the lives of those around them. Read