Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
Inclusive participation in the sustainable development agenda
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
Take volunteer action for the SDGs and compete in the Peoples’ Voices Challenge!
12 May 2015
UN Volunteers step up to relief efforts in Nepal
The People's Voices Challenge
is a new initiative to actively engage people towards the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNV supports this initiative as a strategic partner of the UN Millennium Campaign. Read
30 April 2015
29 UNV Medical Doctors provide support to the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago
On 25 April, a massive 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal. This natural disaster, the worst in 80 years for the country, has not only taken lives but caused life-threatening living situations for hundreds of thousands of people in Nepal, Bangladesh and India.
UNV has established a Nepal Earthquake Taskforce to coordinate the most effective and needed support on the ground. Its first priority was to secure the wellbeing of UN Volunteers in Nepal. Read
03 April 2015
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago:
The power of ENGAGEMENT: volunteerism and disaster risk reduction in view of the post-2015 agenda
29 United Nations Volunteers Medical Doctors (General Practitioner) provide their support to the Ministry of Health Trinidad and Tobago. Health care delivery in Trinidad and Tobago is patterned after the British Firm system where health care is provided through major hospitals, smaller regional hospitals as well as health clinics, which service the out-lying areas. Read
17 March 2015
Volunteering to advance gender equality. New perspectives for the post-2015 agenda
Volunteerism is a fundamental source of community strength and resilience that exists in all societies throughout the world. The role of volunteerism, in general, and mobilizing and managing volunteers, in particular, are important components of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas.
View the statement of the Executive Coordinator of UNV, Richard Dictus, at the 6th Plenary Meeting of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, here. Read
16 March 2015
New York, USA:
Statement from UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus for International Women’s Day 2015
Volunteerism can widen spaces for voice and action within the development process, including for young women and girls. An expert panel discussion, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on the margins of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), explored the role of volunteerism in enhancing the accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advance gender equality. Representatives from UN agencies, Member States and volunteer-involving organizations focused on how volunteerism can help monitoring progress made affecting women's lives and empowering women through increased opportunities for civic engagement. Read
08 March 2015
New ICOS - making the UN Volunteer experience even better
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day in this year of Beijing plus 20.
From the Partners for Prevention project in the Asia-Pacific region to the Female Genital Mutilation project in Sudan, UNV supporting its UN partner agencies, has a long history of working towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and integrating these issues into all of its projects and programmes.
But the most vivid examples of the continued pursuit of gender equality in development and peace, are UN Volunteers themselves making a difference throughout the world.
Read our special feature for International Women's Day 2015 to find out more about some inspiring women UN Volunteers. Read
06 March 2015
Preparing UN Youth Volunteers for their Assignments
The new international UN Volunteers Conditions of Service, which came into effect on 1 March 2015, include many new developments, such as increased pre-departure and resettlement allowances, extended post-service medical insurance, and paternity leave, to name a few, which show that UNV is committed to making the UN Volunteer experience even better.
The new conditions will better suit the changing needs of UN Volunteers, retain UNV as a cost effective modality attractive to UN entity partners, and streamline volunteer management procedures globally. Read
03 March 2015
A new impetus for the partnership between UNV and the Arab Federation of Voluntary Activities (AFVA)
This week and for the second time in less than a month, the average age in the building UNV Headquarters in Bonn dropped significantly, inversely proportional with the rise in levels of energy and enthusiasm. UNV, as part of a series of UN Youth Volunteer training sessions, is hosting groups of young people attending their Assignment Preparation Training. Read
19 February 2015
On Thursday February 19th, Richard Dictus, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme welcomed the Secretary General of the Arab Federation for Voluntary Activities (AFVA) Mr Yousuf Ali AlKazim from Doha, Qatar, at UNV Headquarters in Bonn.
Mr Yousuf Ali AlKazim and Richard Dictus jointly launched the first ever Arabic version of UNV Annual Report 2013 which was made possible thanks to AFVA sponsorship. You can read the UNV Annual Report 2013 in Arabic by following this link. Read