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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.
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
Positive reception for UNV report to UNDP Executive Board 2014
08 July 2014
Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator (second from right) addressed the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board Annual Session held in Geneva in June.  Looking on to the EC's left is UNV's Deputy Executive Coordinator Rosemary Kalapurakal and, starting from the EC's immediate right, Ms Rekha Thapa, UNDP, Secretary of the Executive Board, Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the EB, and Ms Gina Casar, UNDP Associate Administrator. (UNV, 2014)
Geneva, Switzerland: After months of preparation, UNV's report to the Executive Board of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS Annual Session 2014 in Geneva results in success. Member States decide to continue support for the Special Voluntary Fund and commend UNV's work connecting volunteerism in the Post-2015 debate, building new partnerships and signing MOUs with UN entities and governments. Read
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Partner and Member State Interventions on UNV at Executive Board 2014
08 July 2014
Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN and President of the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board, addressed UNV's reception in Geneva during the Board's annual session in June while UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus looks on. (UNV, 2014)
Geneva, Switzerland: During the UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board Annual Session 2014, several Members States and some of UNV's partners delivered positive statements about UNV and its contributions to peace and development.   Read
Calling for youth volunteer stories in the Arab region
10 June 2014
The “Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future” project announces its first Youth Volunteering Award for young volunteers from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, with inspiring stories to share about the importance of volunteering in development. UNV, 2014
Cairo, Egypt: UNV's “Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future” project announces its first Youth Volunteering Award to recognize the importance of volunteering for development. The award will go to young volunteers from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen who have inspiring and life-changing stories to share. Read
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Countries:  Egypt  Jordan  Morocco  Yemen
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World Environment Day 2014: Raise your voice, not the sea level
05 June 2014
Bonn, Germany: Volunteerism has been a key driver of the global environmental movement, mobilizing communities all over the world to help them to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse environmental situations. When well facilitated, volunteerism can help communities use their own resources to maintain core structures under extreme climate events or changing environmental conditions without requiring significant external aid. Read
More about: Environment
Innovation in Volunteer Action - UNV Partnerships Forum 2014
05 June 2014
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is convening a global Partnerships Forum - Innovation in Volunteer Action - from 30 September to 1 October 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The Forum will bring together UNV’s partners from United Nations (UN) member states, UN entities, development partners, volunteer involving organizations and regional organizations and is in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the City of Bonn. Read
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