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  World Humanitarian Day 2015    
World Humanitarian Day, celebrated every year on 19 August, is a day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.

Supporting the operations of various UN agencies, UN Volunteers engage in a wide range of roles with the ultimate aim to save and protect the lives of people, alleviate suffering and uphold human dignity. On this Day, UNV joins the world in recognizing those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Read
  Volunteer voices    
Giving Chadian youth the opportunity to volunteer
31 August 2015
UN Youth Volunteer Laura and UN Volunteer Alladoum, sitting together with community Volunteer Claudine Kelpessang who's giving explanations on basic hygiene measures to inhabitants of Walia neighborhood in N’Djamena. (Adriana Borra / UNV programme, 2015)
N'Djamena, Chad: We are Alladoum Assidjim and Laura Rutishauser, a national UN volunteer aged 33 and an international UN volunteer from Switzerland aged 29, working together to provide Chadian youth with local volunteering opportunities. In order to do so, we are supporting the set up pf Chad’s National Volunteering Programme (CNVP), with our partners the UNV programme, UNDP, the French Embassy and France Volontaires, at the request of the Chadian Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. Read
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  International Youth Day 2015    
Today, 12 August, is International Youth Day. The Day’s theme this year is Youth Civic Engagement.

The engagement and participation of youth is essential to achieve sustainable human development, and youth volunteers can have a revitalizing effect on global peace and development processes, as they bring energy, passion and creativity, and are often the first to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.

Youth volunteering enhances learning, skills development and personal growth in youth volunteers, and shows them the power of individuals to change the world. Read

UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)