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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.
UNV-VSA panel at SIDS conference agrees: volunteerism strengthens partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals
11 September 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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Speakers at the UNV workshop on "Volunteering post-2015: telling the story of people's engagement" (New York, 29 August 2014). Left to right: Philippe Fragnier, CECI Canada, representing the Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group; Kate Turner, VSO, community volunteer in Rwanda; Nita Kapoor, FORUM Chair and Director General of FK Norway (Joel Sheakoski/UNV, 2014)
Civil society supports volunteer role for development after 2015
04 September 2014
Less than 500 days ahead of the new development agenda, the 65th UN DPI/NGO Conference on "2015 and beyond: our action agenda" (New York, 27-29 August 2014) gathered thousands of civil society partners from all over the world. The strong presence of volunteer-involving organizations (VIOs) throughout the Conference clearly impacted its Final Declaration, which features important mentions of the role of volunteers for sustainable development. Read
Mr Gonzalo Robles, Secretary General for International Development Cooperation and Vice-President of AECID and Mr Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of UNV, signing the new full-funding agreement between the two organizations in Madrid (UNV, 2014)
UNV and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) renew their exemplary partnership
09 September 2014
Madrid, Spain: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) are signing a new full funding agreement, marking and confirming the continued strength of their longtime partnership.

For more than 20 years, UNV and AECID have built up a dynamic alliance in making a difference in peace and development in over 50 countries world-wide. They share a common vision in contributing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by promoting and strengthening volunteerism around the world.

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