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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.
UN Youth Envoy visits youth and UN Volunteers in China
27 April 2016
During his mission to China, Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (seated at table), met with Chinese UN Volunteers in Beijing, hosted by Manon Bernier, UNV Regional Manager for Asia and the Pacific (standing, center). (UNV China, 2016)

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi recently spent a week visiting China at the invitation of the All-China Youth Federation.  He was joined by a joint UN delegation of senior youth experts from UNESCO, UNV, UNEP, UN Habitat, ILO, and UNFPA to advance collaboration on youth development in China. Read

More about: Youth
Countries:  Bolivia  China  Jordan
Building resilience to climate change
21 April 2016
Diego Chirino (left) is a UN Volunteer Specialist providing support as Tropical Farming Agronomist and Livelihoods Manager to strengthen risk management strategies in Bolivia. (UNV, 2016)
Bolivia: UN Volunteers Florencio Maldonado and Diego Chirino are working on a group project called “Resilience” whose objective is to provide support to local government authorities in the Beni River and Mamore River catchment areas. This will involve reinforcing the authorities’ risk management strategies. The volunteers are also working with civil society organisations in order to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and to teach preventative farming strategies that will allow crops to be improved in the case of a disaster.  Read
More about: Agriculture  Environment
Countries:  Bolivia
Other languages: en español  
UN Volunteers to assist in relief efforts in Ecuador
20 April 2016
Photo: UNICEF Ecuador.
Quito, Ecuador: On 16 April 2016, the Pacific coast of Ecuador was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in decades, killing over 500 women, men and children, injuring more than 4,600, and affecting the lives of half a million people. In collaboration with a number of UN partner agencies on the ground in Ecuador, UNV is ready to mobilize UN Volunteers with extensive experience in the field of emergency response and early recovery.  Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Ecuador
Other languages: en español  
Samsung and UNV announce an innovative partnership to promote volunteerism for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
19 April 2016
Pedro Kim, President and CEO of Samsung Latin America (left), Elise Bouvet, Manager of the UNV Online Volunteering Service (centre), and Amanda Mukwashi, Chief of the UNV Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section (right).
Aiming to leverage online volunteering to connect volunteer expertise with community action, this collaboration is the first result of a co-creation process between the private sector and the United Nations Volunteers programme Read
Countries:  Brazil
Raising awareness of health issues in Viet Nam
07 April 2016
Emmanuel Eraly (right) hands out a helmet to an elementary school child in Hanoi, Viet Nam on the occasion of UN Road Safety Week 2015. (Jakub Zak, 2015)
Viet Nam: World Health Day is the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO) and a day that is close to Emmanuel Eraly’s heart, as he has been involved in many campaigns to raise awareness of health issues in Viet Nam, where he worked for almost four years as a UNV intern and later as an international UN Volunteer supporting the communications function of WHO. Read
More about: Health
Countries:  Viet Nam
Volunteers and civil society on the SDGs
31 March 2016
Ukraine: In 2015, UNV, the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Ukraine and the GURT Resource Centre held a consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with civil society organizations and volunteer groups in 11 cities of Ukraine. A total of 293 participants worked together to choose the most relevant SDGs addressing burning issues for Ukraine’s development. Visit site
Death of United Nations Volunteer assigned to The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI)
14 March 2016
Bonn; Germany: The United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme regret to announce the death of a United Nations Volunteer who was serving as civilian personnel in the Engineering Section of UNOCI. Read
Other languages: en français  
Secretary-General moved by UN Volunteer Blue Room talks
10 March 2016
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the audience during the event commemorating the 20 years of UN Bonn on 8 March 2016. (UN Bonn, 2015)
Shaping a sustainable future in the light of volunteering was the message of the evening as Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries gathered at the World Conference Center on March 8th to celebrate the 20th anniversary of UN in Bonn. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Germany
Message from UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2016
07 March 2016
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is celebrating International Women’s Day with our support for UN-Women and their theme for 2016: "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step it up for Gender Equality". Volunteerism is an opportunity for everyone to have their voice heard and their actions recognized. UNV promotes volunteerism, among women and men, to engage people in change.  Read
More about: Gender  Human rights
UN Volunteers and Capoeira for former Child Soldiers
12 February 2016
Dieudonné, national UN Volunteer giving Capoeira lessons for the reintegration of children formerly associated with armed groups in DRC (UNICEF DRC, Kasereka, 2015)
Goma, DRC: The International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers is observed every year, everywhere in the world, on February 12.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) some of the greatest concerns have been the recruitment of child soldiers. It is estimated that 30 % of armed groups members in the eastern DRC are minors.

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