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  Achieving the global goals: why volunteers are important    
One of the lessons learnt from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) implementation is that sustainable development requires approaches that complement technical, financial and institutional measures. To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as global goals, people’s engagement in planning, implementation and monitoring needs to be facilitated and new partnerships forged. Volunteers will be instrumental in this process.

The new agenda for sustainable development, which will frame global peace and development efforts in 2016-2030 in all countries, has a wider scope and aims at tackling both vertical and cross-cutting issues. It also explicitly recognizes volunteer groups as stakeholders to achieve the new set of 17 SDGs. Read
Introducing the corporate volunteering perspective in the UN Private Sector Forum 2015
27 September 2015
New York, USA: The UN Private Sector Forum 2015, hosted by the UN Global Compact, was an opportunity for global leaders from Governments, the Private Sector and Civil Society to discuss the role of the private sector in implementing the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme was an organizing partner of the Forum. Read
Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, presents the award for the category “longstanding contribution to the achievement of the MDGs through volunteer action” to The Soy Voluntari@ Network, Peru, one of the two co-winners. Soy Voluntari@ was represented by Lorena Montellanos O'Diana (Joel Sheakoski / UNV, 2015)
People’s Voices Awards recognize volunteers’ contribution to the MDGs
26 September 2015
New York, USA: Right after the adoption of the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN General Assembly, the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) hosted a ceremony at the UN headquarters in New York, USA, to celebrate the launch of the new inclusive agenda and announce the winners of the People’s Voices Awards. Read
  International Day of Peace 2015    
In a world where violence and insecurity are still threatening too many lives, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme commemorates the International Day of Peace observed on 21 September. The United Nations General Assembly declared this as a day devoted to strengthening peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. UNV recognizes the role of individuals, societies and communities in building lasting peace for themselves and promotes volunteerism as a valuable and essential means.

The theme this year of "Partnerships for Peace – Dignity for All" is particularly apt for UNV, as we create space for inclusive civic participation and participatory dialogue. Read

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