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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.
UNV-VSA panel at SIDS conference agrees: volunteerism strengthens partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals
11 September 2014
During the Conference of Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in September, 2014, UNV and the New Zealand Volunteer Service Abroad jointly hosted a panel discussion on volunteerism and partnership.  Panel members included, from left to right, in the back row, Giles Romulus, National Co-ordinator, Global Environment Fund, UNDP (St Lucia); Le Tagaloa Junior Ulu, International Programme Manager, Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand); Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation/Fiji Volunteer Service (Fiji). In the front row are Rachel Nunn, volunteer and young professional, Pacific Emerging Environment Leaders (Hawai’i); Ulla Gronlund, UNV Programme Officer, UNV Fiji Field Unit; Dr Gillian Greer, CEO Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand); Maiava Visekota Peteru, President, YWCA Samoa (Samoa); and Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, President, Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters. (Angie Enoka, communications volunteer with VSA (New Zealand), 2014.
Apia, Samoa: 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
UNV and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) renew their exemplary partnership
09 September 2014
Mr Gonzalo Robles, Secretary General for International Development Cooperation and Vice-President of AECID and Mr Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of UNV, signing the new full-funding agreement between the two organizations in Madrid (UNV, 2014)
Madrid, Spain: 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.

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Countries:  Spain
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Civil society supports volunteer role for development after 2015
04 September 2014
Speakers at the UNV workshop on "Volunteering post-2015: telling the story of people's engagement" (New York, 29 August 2014). Left to right: Philippe Fragnier, CECI Canada, representing the Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group; Kate Turner, VSO, community volunteer in Rwanda; Nita Kapoor, FORUM Chair and Director General of FK Norway (Joel Sheakoski/UNV, 2014)
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
RIO 2016 Volunteer Programme
03 September 2014
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
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UN Secretary-General emphasizes power of youth volunteers at 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games
27 August 2014
Before taking part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games in China, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (second from right) participated in a panel discussion on youth volunteering for development, co-organized by the All-China Youth Federation and the UN System in China. Shown here from left to right: Mr. Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University, Mr. Qin Yizhi, First Secretary of the All-China Youth Federation, the UNSG, and Mr. Xu Ming, Vice-Governor of Jiangsu Province. (Paolo Figueiras/UNHQ, 2014)
Beijing, China: 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
More about: Youth
Countries:  China
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
UNV in action: humanitarian assistance in Cameroon
19 August 2014
National UN Volunteer Hamza Tidjani Ousmane, UNHCR WASH Officer in Batouri, is providing assistance to a young boy while inspecting water points on the site of Lolo, Batouri, Cameroon. (Rakotondrazafy A. M. Ny Aina/UNV, 2014)
Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon: 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
500 days to the MDGs deadline! UN Volunteers mark their contribution to the MDGs and shape their role in the post-2015 agenda
18 August 2014
Local volunteers in Pisco, Peru, raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals. (Bart Tilkin/UNV, 2011)
Bonn, Germany: 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
Can youth change the world?
12 August 2014
Photo © Manfred Gottschall, 1975
Bonn, Germany: 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! Read
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UNV official message for International Youth Day 2014
12 August 2014
Shakeeb Ahmed Khan, UN Youth Volunteer physiotherapist, and Sangboi, a local volunteer, provide balancing training to Elizabeth Chawngzamawi, a child with cerebral palsy. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: 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

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