Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
Country Overview: UN Volunteers in Lesotho
01 August 2015
UNV Deputy EC visits UNV Civil Engineers clearing quake debris in Nepal
Since 1972, the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) in Lesotho has been active in a number of areas, including agriculture, community and rural development, infrastructure development, health care and employment creation. Read
13 July 2015
UNV and KOICA increase their collaboration
UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Rosemary Kalapurakal, accompanied by UNDP Country Director, Renaud Meyer, visited the quake-affected cities of Irkhu and Chautara in the district of Sindhupalchowk during a recent visit to Nepal. She met 24 of the 84 national UNV Civil Engineers deployed in Nepal since the quake and saw them in action managing debris removal and demolitions. Read
06 July 2015
Media coverage of the SWVR 2015 launch in Nairobi
On Thursday July 2nd, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) President, Youngmok Kim, signed the new Agreement on the United Nations University Youth Volunteer Programme, which further strengthens the collaboration between the two organizations. Read
25 June 2015
UNV EC anticipates inspiring dialogue on volunteerism and governance from new State of the World’s Volunteerism Report
The new State of the World’s Volunteerism Report: Transforming Governance was launched in Nairobi last June 24. “On any given day on the African continent, millions of people are volunteering their time and energies for their communities. We’re used to seeing these everyday heroes caring for the sick or campaigning for better treatment of those with HIV/AIDs. Volunteerism is, after all, anchored in long held African values of Ubuntu and mutual support.” Richard Dictus on Business Daily. Read more about the media coverage of the SWVR in Nairobi here
18 June 2015
New York, United States of America:
Helen Clark says “UNDP sees volunteers amplifying citizens’ voices… and facilitating participation in political processes”
“The new State of World’s Volunteerism Report: Transforming Governance was designed to create a conversation,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme which published the document. “I look forward to an inspiring dialogue on the impact of volunteerism and governance,” said UNV’s chief at the launch of this report at UN Headquarters on 5 June 2015. Read
10 June 2015
NewYork, United States of America:
Volunteers vital to success of new global development agenda, UN report says
In her address at the launch of The State of the Word's Volunteerism Report 2015: Transforming Governance, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark says her organization "...sees volunteers being catalysts for change, amplifying citizens’ voices, and facilitating participation in political processes." Read
05 June 2015
New York, USA:
National UN Volunteers in the front line of emergency response for Nepal earthquake
Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens, but their potential is seriously undervalued, a new report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme said today.
The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 is the first global survey of the contribution of volunteers to better governance, a prerequisite for the success of the new Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed at the United Nations in September. Read
01 June 2015
International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2015
The April 2015 Nepal 7.8 magnitude earthquake, also known as the Gorkha earthquake, killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000.
Thousands of houses were destroyed and entire villages were flattened. It is estimated that around 2.8 million people require humanitarian assistance and over 860,000 now face poverty, limited accessibility and homelessness. In the aftermath of the earthquake, volunteers were rapidly mobilized from other parts of the country and provided emergency aid on-site. National UN Volunteers were in the front line of emergency response alongside over 300 agencies supporting the government-led efforts. Read
29 May 2015
Inclusive participation in the sustainable development agenda
Today, on this International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, over 2,000 UN Volunteers are serving 11 UN peacekeeping missions around the world, from Haiti to the Western Sahara, and from Kosovo to the Central African Republic. These UN Volunteers are counted among civilian UN Peacekeepers and make up more than 30 percent of international civilian personnel assigned to UN peacekeeping missions. They range in age from 25 to 75 years, and over 30 percent of them are female.
These numbers personify the contribution UN Volunteers are making to UN peacekeeping and why marking this Day each 29 May is so important to us at UNV.
18 May 2015
On 11 May 2015, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Bonn, Germany, hosted a "Knowledge Café" on the “inclusive participation in the sustainable development agenda”. Jointly organized by UNV and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC), the panel discussion brought together staff members from many of the UN agencies located in Bonn. Read