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Reflecting on 250 UN Volunteers helping peaceful development in Liberia
03 June 2014
Aktar Uddin, UNV Advocacy Officer, from Bangladesh, is among 250 UN Volunteers assigned in various capacities to help sustain peace and return capacity to Liberia after years of civil war. Photo: UNMIL 2014
UN Volunteer Aktar Uddin, from Bangladesh, a UNV Advocacy Officer with UNMIL reflects on his experiences in Liberia where he is among 250 UN Volunteers helping sustain peace and return capacity to the country after years of conflict.  Read
More about: Civil society  Education
Countries:  Bangladesh  Liberia
Emergency obstetric care during height of South Sudan crisis
07 April 2014
Dr. Simon Bagumaho, a UNV Medical Officer assigned to UNMISS at Bentiu, sets off on a field visit to Yei, in South Sudan. (Bernaflor Pujanes, UNMISS Medevac Coordinator, 2014)
As a UNV Medical Officer attached to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Level I Clinic in Bentiu, Dr. Simon Bagumaho, is challenged daily to carry medical procedures normally beyond the scope of the health facility.  In this in-depth Volunteer Voice,  Dr. Bagumaho reflects on how he and his medical team have risen to these challenges. Read
Countries:  South Sudan
Other languages: en français  en español  
International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue
03 February 2014
UNV Chief of Partnerships & Communications Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed presenting UNV Executive Coordinator’s IVD 2013 statement at the International Youth Conference on Volunteering and Dialogue in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (UNV, 2013)
The International Conference on Youth Volunteering and Dialogue opened on 3 December 2013 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. More than 200 young volunteers from over 33 different countries attended the Conference, along with delegates of UNESCO, the Saudi Arabia Ministry of Education and the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue. The three-day event provided young volunteers, experts and practitioners with the opportunity to discuss, display and evaluate ‘best practices’ in the field of volunteerism. Read
Encouraging communities to think globally and act locally
29 January 2014
Volunteers participating in a clean-up by the Dubale River in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,  which served as a launch event to a two-month environmental campaign, 'Clean Up the World -  Clean Up Addis'. (UNV, 2013)
As a UN Volunteer, I have been assigned to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and my assignment here is slowly coming to an end. My role as an Environmental Outreach Specialist includes increasing UNEP’s visibility, environmental awareness and communication, as well as acting as a liaison with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Forestry. Read
More about: Environment
Countries:  Ethiopia
Coordinating UN communications
20 January 2014
UN Youth Volunteer Laura Gees (centre), who's assignment is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, gave questions to participants during a Human Rights Quiz at an awareness-raising event organized by UNV in December 2013. (UNV, 2013)
I was sent to Tajikistan as a UN Youth Volunteer Communication Officer with the UN Resident Coordinator's office, which is in charge of leading the reform process of operational activities. My role was to help bring all the UN agencies together to agree on joint activities and to participate actively in the monthly meetings. In 2013, UNCG members managed to cooperate on three events: the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Day, and Human Rights Day. Read
Countries:  Tajikistan

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