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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.
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
UNV Deputy EC visits UNV Civil Engineers clearing quake debris in Nepal
13 July 2015
UNV DEC Rosemary Kalapurakal meets national UNV Civil Engineers managing debris clearance in Irkhu, Nepal. (Kamal Raj Sigdel, UNDP, 2015)
UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Rosemary Kalapurakal, accompanied by UNDP Country Director, Renaud Meyer, visited the quake-affected cities of Irkhu and Chautara in the district of Sindhupalchowk during a recent visit to Nepal. She met 24 of the 84 national UNV Civil Engineers deployed in Nepal since the quake and saw them in action managing debris removal and demolitions. Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Nepal
UNV and KOICA increase their collaboration
06 July 2015
Signature of the new MoU between Youngmok Kim, President of the Corean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the UNV programme.
Bonn, Germany: On Thursday July 2nd, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus, and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) President, Youngmok Kim, signed the new Agreement on the United Nations University Youth Volunteer Programme, which further strengthens the collaboration between the two organizations. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Korea, Republic of
Media coverage of the SWVR 2015 launch in Nairobi
25 June 2015
Mr. George Gachie, Project Officer (Kenya), Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch UNV at UN HABITAT, at the launch of the SWVR 2015 in Nairobi. (Photo: Ross Thornley, 2015)
Nairobi, Kenya: The new State of the World’s Volunteerism Report: Transforming Governance was launched in Nairobi last June 24. “On any given day on the African continent, millions of people are volunteering their time and energies for their communities. We’re used to seeing these everyday heroes caring for the sick or campaigning for better treatment of those with HIV/AIDs. Volunteerism is, after all, anchored in long held African values of Ubuntu and mutual support.” Richard Dictus on Business Daily. Read more about the media coverage of the SWVR in Nairobi here. Read
UNV EC anticipates inspiring dialogue on volunteerism and governance from new State of the World’s Volunteerism Report
18 June 2015
Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, presents the State of World's Volunteerism Report 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York.  On his left is Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. (WebTV, UN News Center, 2015)
New York, United States of America: “The new State of World’s Volunteerism Report: Transforming Governance was designed to create a conversation,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme which published the document.  “I look forward to an inspiring dialogue on the impact of volunteerism and governance,” said UNV’s chief at the launch of this report at UN Headquarters on 5 June 2015. Read
Helen Clark says “UNDP sees volunteers amplifying citizens’ voices… and facilitating participation in political processes”
10 June 2015
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator, giving the opening speech during the launch of the State of World's Volunteerism Report 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York.  Looking on is Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator. (WebTV, UN News Center, 2015)
NewYork, United States of America: In her address at the launch of The State of the Word's Volunteerism Report 2015: Transforming Governance, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark says her organization "...sees volunteers being catalysts for change, amplifying citizens’ voices, and facilitating participation in political processes." Read
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Volunteers vital to success of new global development agenda, UN report says
05 June 2015
UN Youth Volunteer Stepanka Pechackova, is fully funded by the Czech Republic, and works as a Communications and Outreach Youth Officer with UNV and UNDP in Mongolia. (UNV, 2015)
New York, USA: Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens, but their potential is seriously undervalued, a new report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme said today.

The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2015 is the first global survey of the contribution of volunteers to better governance, a prerequisite for the success of the new Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed at the United Nations in September.


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