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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.
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UNV-VSA panel at SIDS conference agrees: volunteerism strengthens partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals
11 September 2014
During the Conference of Small Island Developing States held in Apia, Samoa in September, 2014, UNV and the New Zealand Volunteer Service Abroad jointly hosted a panel discussion on volunteerism and partnership.  Panel members included, from left to right, in the back row, Giles Romulus, National Co-ordinator, Global Environment Fund, UNDP (St Lucia); Le Tagaloa Junior Ulu, International Programme Manager, Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand); Luke Daunivalu, Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation/Fiji Volunteer Service (Fiji). In the front row are Rachel Nunn, volunteer and young professional, Pacific Emerging Environment Leaders (Hawai’i); Ulla Gronlund, UNV Programme Officer, UNV Fiji Field Unit; Dr Gillian Greer, CEO Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand); Maiava Visekota Peteru, President, YWCA Samoa (Samoa); and Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, President, Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters. (Angie Enoka, communications volunteer with VSA (New Zealand), 2014.
Apia, Samoa: Speakers on the panel discussion jointly hosted by UNV and the Volunteer Service Abroad (New Zealand) in Apia, Samoa agreed that volunteerism strengthen partnerships aimed at achieving sustainable development goals. The panel discussion was held during the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) which drew more than 3,000 participants to the South Pacific and closed having produced a draft outcome document that recognizes the relevance of civil society role in sustainable more development for its members. Read

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CIVICUS launches State of Civil Society Report 2014 with UNV contribution
06 June 2014
In Astana, Kazakhstan, UN Youth Volunteer for Community Development Han Na Kim (left, Republic of Korea) and Aizada Arystanbek (middle), a national Student volunteer, support the MY World offline roll-out on International Youth Day by helping members of the public fill in the MyWorld survey.  (Ji Hyun Yang/UNV Kazakhstan, 2013)
CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society leaders which advocates for citizen participation, recentlly launched its State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance.  A UNV paper on Volunteerism, civic engagement and the post-2015 agenda was among more than 30 contributions to the report from the world’s leading experts on civil society as well as inputs from CIVICUS members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance. Read

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Changing the world online: onlinevolunteering.org
05 September 2014
There are no costs involved. Online volunteers cooperate across the world, without ever leaving their own homes. Online volunteers not only provide valuable skills and expertise. Coming from various backgrounds and cultures, they also bring new ideas and fresh perspectives. And they can help develop capacity in the organizations they work with, training staff, teaching new skills or providing guidance and advice Read
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