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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.
UNV signs project document with the African Union Commission
30 September 2014
“With this partnership and project, UNV is tangibly supporting the African Union Commission’s powerful vision and helping it reach its ambitious goals,” said UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus (right) during the signing. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the African Union Commission (AUC) today signed a project document on enhancing the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps for peace and development in Africa. The project is based on the previous understanding where both organizations committed to harmonizing efforts to promote volunteering as a catalyst for advancing socio-economic development. Read
Countries:  Germany
UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with Action Aid Denmark
30 September 2014
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus (right) and Anette Munk Sørensen, Head of Training for Change, Action Aid Denmark, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the UNV Partnerships Forum 2014. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Action Aid Denmark reaffirmed their longstanding partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the UNV Partnerships Forum 2014. In 2014 Action Aid Denmark and UNV agreed to engage in new areas of collaboration, including capacity building and training of UN Volunteers, as well as local UNV partners and collaborators, such as civil society organizations and youth, and developing joint learning content. The MOU will provide a framework for this new cooperation between both organizations. Read
First UNV Partnerships Forum: Innovation in Volunteer Action
30 September 2014
Bonn, Germany: More than 100 partners have gathered in Bonn at the United Nations Volunteers Partnerships Forum on 30 September and 1 October.  Convened at the World Conference Centre Bonn, this Forum brings together partner UN Member States, UN entities, regional organizations, volunteer-involving organizations as well as civil society stakeholders, the private sector and UN Volunteers from around the world.  Participants will discuss ‘Innovation in Volunteer Action’, which is the theme of the Partnerships Forum this year. Read
MY World awards recognize volunteers’ contribution to inclusive participation
29 September 2014
(Left to right) Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, presents the volunteerism award to the Kenyan network of volunteer-involving organizations (VIO Network Kenya), co-winners of the volunteerism category. Adjmal Dulloo, a member of the Post-2015 Volunteer Working Group and co-founder of ‘Unmasking Shadows’, accepts the award on behalf of the VIO Network Kenya. (Joel Sheakoski/UNV, 2014)
New York, USA: On 25 September 2014, United Nations representatives, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, representatives of civil society organizations from around the world and government representatives gathered in New York to publicly announce the winners of the MY World Partner Recognition Awards. Read
Volunteerism needed to achieve sustainable development, says latest UN report on the post-2015 agenda
25 September 2014
New York, USA: Today the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) is presenting the cross-cutting messages from six thematic dialogues on the implementation of the post-2015 agenda taking place globally and at national level in 50 countries.  

The UNDG report on “Delivering the post-2015 development agenda: Opportunities at the national and local levels” underlines the need to expand the concept of ‘means of implementation’ for the post-2015 agenda beyond traditional means, and highlights the need to engage communities in the design and implementation of the new development framework.

United Nations high level leadership publicly acknowledge volunteers’ contribution to sustainable development
12 September 2014
(Left to right) The UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki Moon, and the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, at the High-level Stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. (UN, 2014)
New York, USA: The President of the UN General Assembly called for recognition of volunteerism at the High-level Stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report.  This event was organized by the outgoing President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. John W. Ashe, to provide the Secretary-General, member states, UN agencies and other stakeholders with a final moment of joint reflection, review and assessment of all inputs received through the different streams of the post-2015 process.    Read
UNV-VSA panel at SIDS conference agrees: volunteerism strengthens partnerships to achieve sustainable development goals
11 September 2014
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.
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
UNV and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) renew their exemplary partnership
09 September 2014
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)
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.

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Civil society supports volunteer role for development after 2015
04 September 2014
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)
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
RIO 2016 Volunteer Programme
03 September 2014
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has organized consultations to explore how volunteerism can be given more visibility during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This follows the successful support provided by UNV during the Beijing Olympic Games. Read
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