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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 General Assembly adopts Resolution on volunteerism in the 2030 Agenda
26 November 2015
New York, USA: UN Resolution “Integrating volunteering into peace and development: the plan of action for the next decade and beyond”, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly during its seventieth session, recognizes that volunteerism can be a powerful means of implementation for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The General Assembly also acknowledges the Plan of Action 2016-2030 for integrating volunteering in peace and development, calling upon Member States, UN and a wide range of stakeholders to support and resource it, and recognizes UNV as the appropriate UN entity to support its implementation. Read
UNV and Germany strengthen their partnership
20 November 2015
UNV Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus (right), and the Head of the UN Division from BMZ, Simon Koppers, sign a cost sharing agreement to support a global multi-stakeholder partnership for Online Volunteering. (UNV, 2015)
Bonn, Germany: United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus, and the Head of the UN Division from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Simon Koppers, engaged in a strategic partner dialogue, with the aim of strengthening collaboration and exploring further partnering opportunities, in particular in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read
A call for action on volunteerism in Kenya
19 November 2015
Tapiwa Kamuruko, UNV Regional Manager for Africa, delivers a speech on behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator at the inaugural CEO’s roundtable on national volunteerism. (UNV, 2015)
Kenya: The "CEOs’ roundtable on national volunteerism", which was held on 22 October 2015 in Kenya, was a milestone for the national volunteer community in the country, as it concluded with a call for the speedy adoption of the National Volunteer Policy and an appeal to put in place a framework for promoting volunteerism in the country. The National Volunteer Policy has been developed with significant support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, and can also help raise the profile of volunteers in the country. Read
International volunteering conference taps South-South volunteering potential
09 November 2015
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus speaking with China Volunteerism Federation Founding Chairman, Mr Qi Liu about the importance of the spirit of volunteerism in China. (UNV, 2015)
Beijing, China: The United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF) co-hosted the first International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference on 12-13 October, in Beijing, China.The conference focussed on the role of volunteering as a driving force to support international and South - South Cooperation in the context of the new post-2015 sustainable development agenda. Read
Countries:  China
Youth Volunteering for Development: Forum calls on Korean students to pursue youth volunteering opportunities
09 November 2015
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus discusses youth volunteering options with Korean university students. (UNV, 2015)
Seoul, Republic of Korea: 100 young Korean students attended the first ever United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme-Korea Joint Forum on Volunteering for Peace and Development at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 8 October. The Forum heard of the overwhelmingly positive contributions young people can make to international development through volunteering. Read
A new interactive debate on Indian youth themes live-streamed worldwide
30 October 2015
Youth debate on the stage was lively. (UNV India/YKA, 2015)
New Delhi, India: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in India, Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA) and Action/2015 are convinced that India’s young population and their spirit of volunteerism can help overcome poverty and achieve the sustainable development agenda. They are therefore constantly exploring possibilities to mobilize and engage volunteers and to give voice to the youth of the country. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  India
Introducing the corporate volunteering perspective in the UN Private Sector Forum 2015
27 September 2015
New York, USA: The UN Private Sector Forum 2015, hosted by the UN Global Compact, was an opportunity for global leaders from Governments, the Private Sector and Civil Society to discuss the role of the private sector in implementing the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was an organizing partner of the Forum. Read
People’s Voices Awards recognize volunteers’ contribution to the MDGs
26 September 2015
Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, presents the award for the category “longstanding contribution to the achievement of the MDGs through volunteer action” to The Soy Voluntari@ Network, Peru, one of the two co-winners. Soy Voluntari@ was represented by Lorena Montellanos O'Diana (Joel Sheakoski / UNV, 2015)
New York, USA: Right after the adoption of the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) hosted a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York, USA, to celebrate the launch of the new inclusive agenda and announce the winners of the People’s Voices Awards. Read
Integrating volunteering in the next decade
11 September 2015
Lago Agrio, Ecuador. At Albergue Apafano, a shelter for people displaced from Colombia, UN Volunteers Pilar Peña from Costa Rica and Ecuadorian national Alexandra Mendoza address colleagues from UNHCR and the Ecuadorian Red Cross. Collaboration among volunteers and partner organizations helps achieve best results. (Andrew Smith / United Nations Volunteers, 2009)
New York, USA: At the upcoming seventieth session of the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General will report to Member States on progress on volunteerism since 2012, and present a proposed Plan of Action for the next decade and beyond (2016-2030).

The Plan of Action aims at integrating volunteering in peace and development policies and programmes through a strategic and collective long-term approach that matches the period of SDG implementation. It provides a frame through which civil society, the UN and other stakeholders can support and leverage the potential of volunteerism worldwide.

Country Overview: UN Volunteers in Lesotho
01 August 2015
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
More about: ICT  Poverty
Countries:  Lesotho

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