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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
  Volunteer voices    
Strengthening primary health care
07 October 2015
UN Volunteer Dr Emma Thompson (centre) has just completed a check-in with her patient (back to camera) while Rene Berryman-Sheppard (right), UNV Programme Assistant asks for feedback and takes notes on the service and support that the patient received from Dr Thompson. (UNV, 2015)
Trinidad and Tobago: Since September 2014, UNV, UNDP and the Ministry of Health have been receiving international UN Volunteers to work in Health Care Centres across Trinidad and Tobago to support current staff and ensure consistent quality service is being provided for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. We are eager to report that not only were the UN Volunteer doctors thrilled to have us visit them so that they can showcase the great work they are doing, but the UN Volunteers and their patients also repeatedly noted their gratitude for the service that was being provided by the UN Volunteer doctors in the health centres. Read
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