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Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
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Making changes through education
23 April 2014
Mirsade Salihu (right) teaches a literacy and numeracy class for girls at The Ideas Partnership’s Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje centre. As Salihu describes it, her passion for education and learning never left, but she was abruptly forced to halt her studies during the region's conflict of the 1990s. “I woke up when I started my education again,” she says. And her excitement to jump back into learning seems to translate into her teaching, for which she clearly has a natural aptitude. (Sarah Murphy, 2014)
Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Kosovo: Inside the classroom, ten young teenage girls sit among four rows of old wooden tables. Pens in hand and eyes on the blackboard, the girls are oblivious to the laughter and community chatter emanating from the street outside. Their teacher is Mirsade Salihu. A 36-year-old mother of three and active member of her local community, Salihu is one of the volunteers that is part of a project supported by UNV and implemented by The Ideas Partnership to empower Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian communities in Kosovo. Read
More about: Children  Education  Gender
Countries:  Kosovo

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Celebrating volunteer role models
09 January 2014
Phnom Penh, Cambodia: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Cambodia published its third and last newsletter in 2013, taking a special look at the country's International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrations, during which over 750 volunteers from all over Cambodia gathered on 5th December in Phnom Penh to recognize the contributions that volunteers make to Cambodia’s development. Read
Countries:  Cambodia

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UNV partnering with UNEP
19 March 2014
UNV has been partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for the conservation, protection, enhancement and support of nature and natural resources, including biological diversity. About one hundred UN Volunteers have served with UNEP in seven countries over the past seven years.

UN Volunteers are particularly suited to support UNEP’s mandate. They work within communities at the grassroots level, making them well-placed to build community resilience to climate change impacts. Read
UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)