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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.
UNIC, UNV and ACCORD mark International Day of Peace with students in Pretoria
23 September 2016
To mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September Ambrose Toolit, UNV Programme Officer with the UNV Field Unit in South Africa joined with colleagues from UNIC Pretoria and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes in addressing area students about the Sustainable Development Goals and role young people have to play in promoting peace. (UNIC Pretoria, 2016)
Pretoria, South Africa: To commemorate the International Day of Peace, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Pretoria partnered with UN Volunteers and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) to educate learners on peace and its link to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read
Countries:  South Africa
Volunteering for Peace: Empowering young volunteers as actors for peace in Colombia
20 September 2016
Training of Trainers in Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia (Picture taken by Wendy Betancourt, UN National Volunteer, Project Associate of the “Volunteers for Peace” UNV-UNDP Project, 2016)
UNV together with UNDP Colombia are implementing the “Volunteers for Peace” project aiming at strengthening the capacities and awareness of young volunteers and activists about the peace process, peace education and reintegration. Read
Countries:  Colombia
Volunteerism building blocks for peace: Burundi and Sudan
20 September 2016
Youth volunteer training in South Darfur (Albert González Farran/UNAMID, 2016)
Volunteerism as building blocks for peacebuilding, how does that work? For starters, volunteerism generates forms of social capital that are indispensable to peacebuilding and plays an important role in strengthening the development of national civilian capacities to address peacebuilding issues. Read
Countries:  Burundi  Sudan
Shifting perspectives for peace: Citizen inclusion in Asia and the Pacific
20 September 2016
UN Secretary-General Endorses Peacebuilding Fund’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP) for Sri Lanka in Meeting with Country’s President (UN Peacebuilding Support Office, 2016)

In April 2016, our Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the UNV Field Unit in Sri Lanka joined the UN Country Team to work with the UN Peacebuilding Support Office and the Government of Sri Lanka to develop and coordinate the implementation of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan (PPP). Read

Countries:  Sri Lanka
First regional meeting of youth volunteer networks in Latin America
09 September 2016
Emilio José Guzón González, national UN Volunteer, participates in the group dynamics during the event. (UNV, 2016)
Cuenca, Ecuador:
In August 2016, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ecuador organized the first Regional Meeting of Youth Volunteer Networks, in collaboration with the Municipality of Cuenca. The event brought together 155 participants from Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. It aimed to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices among youth volunteer organizations and networks in Latin America that work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
More about: Civil society  Youth
Countries:  Ecuador
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Yeran Kejijian represents UNV in ceremony honoring women leaders in Lebanon
08 September 2016
Yeran Kejijian, (right) UNV Programme Associate in Lebanon, receives a certificate on behalf of UNV from MP Bahiyya Hariri in a ceremony to honor women leaders in Lebanon held by the National Initiative for the Centennial of Greater Lebanon in Beirut. The ceremony was held on 1 September 2016 under the patronage of H.E.M. Nabih Berri, president of the Lebanese Parliament. (Photo UNV 2016)
Beirut, Lebanon: Yeran Kejijian, the Programme Associate at the UNV Field Unit in Lebanon, represented UNV in a ceremony held by the National Initiative for the Centennial of Greater Lebanon to honor women leaders in Lebanon.  Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Lebanon
UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with UNHCR
05 September 2016
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi after signing the Memorandum in Geneva, Switzerland (UNHCR, 2016)
Geneva, Switzerland: More than 2,500 UN Volunteers, half of them women, have supported the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in delivering on its mandate in 95 countries over the past six years. UNHCR and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming this long-standing partnership. Read
UNV and COMESA sign MOU for COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme
31 August 2016
(From left to right) UNV EC Richard Dictus and Amb. Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, ASG of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed the MOU to establish the COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme. The signing ceremony was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 August 2016, prior to TICAD VI. (Photo: UNV)
Nairobi, Kenya: During a side event preceeding TICAD VI, Richard Dictus, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Assistant Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards establishing the COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme (COMESA-YVS). Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Kenya
Realizing Africa’s demographic dividends for Agenda 2063 through volunteerism
29 August 2016
Some of the participants at the UNV/AUC Pre-TICAD Youth Workshop led by (front row, right to left, from 5th to 7th from right respectively) UNV ROA Manager Tapiwa Kamuruko, AUC Head of Youth Division, Ms. Prudence Ngwenya and Dr. Tuesday Gichuki, Executive Director of the Africa Peace Service Corps. (UNV Kenya Field Unit, 2016)
Nairobi, Kenya: Africa needs a people-led development pathway that puts the role of youth at the core of the continental development agenda concludes joint UNV and Africa Union Commission side event to TICAD VI held in Nairobi in August 2016. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Kenya
Sports to fight child obesity in Trinidad and Tobago
19 August 2016
International UN Volunteer Dr Samwarite Gebremariam (Eritrea) supports the implementation of an initiative to reduce obesity in Trinidad and Tobago at Roy Joseph Health Centre (UNV, 2016)
Trinidad and Tobago:

Childhood obesity is a growing concern for children worldwide, but in Trinidad and Tobago the statistics are so alarming that some are calling it an epidemic that requires the full support of schools, communities, families and the children themselves to tackle it. Read

More about: Health
Countries:  Trinidad and Tobago

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