Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
Online Volunteering Award Winners: public's favourite
05 December 2013
People around the world celebrate International Volunteer Day 2013
After announcing the ten winners of the Online Volunteering Award 2013, UNV invited citizens worldwide to vote for their favourite team.
The online volunteers that helped the Association of African Entrepreneurs (AAE) carry out research on the entrepreneurial environment in African countries and produced an e-book and articles got the most votes.
The final product, titled “Hopes and Mirages”, is intended to serve as a guide for anyone who wishes to embark on a business enterprise in the region.
Get inspired by all winners’ stories here: www.onlinevolunteering.org/en/vol/stories Read
05 December 2013
World AIDS Day
International Volunteer Day (IVD) is a chance for individual volunteers, communities and organizations to promote their contributions to peace and development at local, national and international levels. On IVD 2013, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism in all its facets, but also pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers in global peace and sustainable human development. Visit www.volunteeractioncounts.org
for stories of actions being taken on International Volunteer Day. Read
01 December 2013
International Day to End Violence against Women
World AIDS Day is marked on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the response against HIV/AIDS, show our support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate people who have fatally suffered from this epidemic.
Everyone has a right to live a full and productive life with dignity. With International Volunteer Day (IVD) approaching on 5 December, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme invites you to take action. Let us generate public support for ending discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS. Read
25 November 2013
Update on UNV support to Typhoon Haiyan response efforts
Today, 25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against Women and marks the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign of UN Women.
In the lead up to International Volunteer Day (IVD) next week on the 5th of December, and in support of UN Women’s campaign – please get involved by posting some of the below messages on social media and wearing orange in the next 16 days. Read
22 November 2013
Volunteers vital for development, say NGO supporters in Bentiu, South Sudan
UNV is doing a number of things to support response and recovery efforts following Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. UNV is supporting the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Manila, where two UN Volunteers are now assigned. It is working with UNCT to facilitate the rapid mobilization of UN Volunteers if necessary and UNV's Online Volunteering service posted opportunities for online volunteers to geo-tag thousands of twitter messages and images of the areas affected by the typhoon to map the urgent needs of the population. Read
07 November 2013
Bentiu, South Sudan:
Youth volunteerism to boost Global South-South Development
Community volunteers in Unity State, South Sudan, agreed that volunteerism is vital to development during a UNV training session on being social mobilizers. The sessions aim to enable local residents to better support NGOs in their area. Read
31 October 2013
UNV celebrates United Nations Day in Bonn
Youth volunteerism is an innovative way for boosting South-South Development at the global level. This is the message brought by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to participants in this year’s Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 October to 1st November 2013. Read
24 October 2013
UNV Caravan of Volunteerism crosses Tunisia to raise youth awareness of their role in development
UNV joined the City of Bonn's UN Day celebrations held under the motto “8.0 for development—Water connects!” on Saturday, 19 October 2013. Over 20,000 people, including Germans and foreign nationals, came to the city’s historic market place to celebrate the birthday of the United Nations. Read
24 October 2013
Weeding, baking and pacifying
The Caravan of Volunteerism, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Tunisia, kicks off 14 days of volunteering activities today as part of UN Day events in the city. Organized as part of the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, the caravan will depart from Tunis and travel across the North African country, reaching communities and youth in eight governorates, including the most remote areas of Tunisia. Read
11 October 2013
Gemena, Democratic Republic of the Congo:
This summer UN Volunteers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) organized volunteering initiatives aimed at improving people’s lives. After a call for projects by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in DRC, several initiatives were put forward, each very different from the other, but all with one common objective: to improve the quality of life in the communities.