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The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi (left) with the UNV/MBC award winners (from left to right: Lamia Bazir, Zina El Nahel, Hadeel AbuSoufeh, and Amal Al Saqal) and Mazen Hayek, MBC Group Official Spokesman and Group Director of PR (MBC, 2015)
UNV and MBC Hope award outstanding young volunteers from the Arab Region
20 January 2015
Dubai, UAE: Last night, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme brought the achievements, commitment and energy of five young volunteers into the international spotlight through a unique partnership with MBC Hope, the corporate social responsibility arm of Middle-East broadcasting giant MBC Group. 

The UNV/MBC Al Amal Youth Volunteering Award highlights the capacity of young volunteers in the Arab region to drive positive change in their communities. Moreover, it provides a platform for young people themselves to inspire each other and feel confident about their future.

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National UN Volunteer Wafa Butmeh, Urban Planner at UN-Habitat/Ministry of Local Government, during a community visioning workshop organized by UN-Habitat. (UN-Habitat, 2014)
Planning a better urban future!
19 January 2015
Ramallah, Occupied Palestinian territories : They say if you travel the world carrying the same thoughts and attitude throughout your journey, it is as if you have never left your place. Cognition and knowledge is not about how many places you have seen; sometimes it is how you can view the same place or thing in different ways and from different perspectives. Being a national UN Volunteer provided me with the opportunity to see my country, Palestine, in a different way. Read
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UNV and Government of Hong Kong SAR launch new initiative to support youth volunteerism
19 January 2015
Hong Kong and Bonn: UNV and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced the establishment of the "Hong Kong – United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme".  Starting in 2015, outstanding undergraduate university students in Hong Kong will have the opportunity to serve as UN Youth University Volunteers for six months at the field offices of UN agencies in Southeast Asian countries. The two-year pilot scheme for 2015-2016 is made possible by funding provided by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Its implementation will be supported by Hong Kong-based NGOs: Agency for Volunteer Service; Peace and Development Foundation; and the Hong Kong Volunteers Association. Read
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