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Volunteering for disarmement process in Africa
27 January 2015
Karl Wagner verifying the positioning and field of a marking needle during arms marking exercises in Togo (UNV, 2014)
Based in Togo, I have been an International United Nations Volunteer  (Security Sector Reform Specialist /Programme Manager) at the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC) for the past 2 and a half years.  Before my current tenure at UNREC I worked with the NGO Search for Common Ground on a conflict mediation project in Northern Tanzania, in partnership with the Tanzanian National Police. Read
Countries:  Togo
Planning a better urban future!
19 January 2015
National UN Volunteer Wafa Butmeh, Urban Planner at UN-Habitat/Ministry of Local Government, during a community visioning workshop organized by UN-Habitat. (UN-Habitat, 2014)
They say if you travel the world carrying the same thoughts and attitude throughout your journey, it is as if you have never left your place. Cognition and knowledge is not about how many places you have seen; sometimes it is how you can view the same place or thing in different ways and from different perspectives. Being a national UN Volunteer provided me with the opportunity to see my country, Palestine, in a different way. Read
Empowering Syrian refugees in Za'atari camp
16 January 2015
Ms Ghada Elfatih (right) served as UN Volunteer Community Support Officer with UN Women in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.  She worked particularly on the “Women and Girls Oasis”, a safe space for women and teenage girls to gather, access services corresponding to their needs, and receive support on various gender concerns. (Ventura Formicone, UNV, 2014)
My work for one year as a UN Volunteer Community Support Specialist Officer with UN Women in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp has had a tremendous impact on me at both the personal and professional levels. Located in the northern governorate of Mafraq, Za’atari refugee camp is not far from the Syrian border.  Not far from the entrance you will find the UN Women “Women and Girls Oasis”, a safe space for women and teenage girls to gather, access services corresponding to their needs, and receive support on various gender concerns. Read
Jordan: a UN Online Volunteer among the Young African Leaders
29 December 2014
UN Online Volunteer, Jordan Sera from Côte d’Ivoire
In June 2014, 500 highly qualified and committed young Africans arrived in the United States to participate in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Among them was UN Online Youth Volunteer Jordan Sera from Côte d’Ivoire. Launched by President Barack Obama in 2010,YALI is a United States Department of State initiative aimed at educating and promoting networking among young African leaders. This includes a fellowship to study in the United States for several weeks. Read
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Rescuing populations from the threat of statelessness in northern Benin
18 December 2014
Alioune Seck (in white shirt) UN Volunteer - Protection associate and Pépin Glélé (on the left) Head of protection at the UNHCR office in Benin, surrounded by children with undetermined nationality (UNV, 2014)
Just a few weeks after joining the protection unit for stateless persons of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) regional office, I was given the opportunity to participate in my first field mission and to reach out to people threatened by statelessness in northern Benin, at the border with Niger. The aim of this mission was to understand the causes of the situation faced by these people, analyze its impact on their daily lives, and envisage lasting solutions, together with local authorities. Read

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