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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 and COMESA sign MOU for COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme
31 August 2016
(From left to right) UNV EC Richard Dictus and Amb. Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, ASG of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed the MOU to establish the COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme. The signing ceremony was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 August 2016, prior to TICAD VI. (Photo: UNV)
Nairobi, Kenya: During a side event preceeding TICAD VI, Richard Dictus, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Assistant Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards establishing the COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme (COMESA-YVS). Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Kenya
Realizing Africa’s demographic dividends for Agenda 2063 through volunteerism
29 August 2016
Some of the participants at the UNV/AUC Pre-TICAD Youth Workshop led by (front row, right to left, from 5th to 7th from right respectively) UNV ROA Manager Tapiwa Kamuruko, AUC Head of Youth Division, Ms. Prudence Ngwenya and Dr. Tuesday Gichuki, Executive Director of the Africa Peace Service Corps. (UNV Kenya Field Unit, 2016)
Nairobi, Kenya: Africa needs a people-led development pathway that puts the role of youth at the core of the continental development agenda concludes joint UNV and Africa Union Commission side event to TICAD VI held in Nairobi in August 2016. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Kenya
Sports to fight child obesity in Trinidad and Tobago
19 August 2016
International UN Volunteer Dr Samwarite Gebremariam (Eritrea) supports the implementation of an initiative to reduce obesity in Trinidad and Tobago at Roy Joseph Health Centre (UNV, 2016)
Trinidad and Tobago:

Childhood obesity is a growing concern for children worldwide, but in Trinidad and Tobago the statistics are so alarming that some are calling it an epidemic that requires the full support of schools, communities, families and the children themselves to tackle it. Read

More about: Health
Countries:  Trinidad and Tobago
Partnership with Yamaha Motor: First partnership for private sector in Japan
09 August 2016
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus (right) and Mr. Atsuhiko Okano, General Manager, Human Resources Division & Global Human Resources Development Division, Human Resources & General Affairs Center, Yamaha Motor Co. Ltd. sign the partnership agreement between UNV and Yamaha Motor Company. (UNV Tokyo Liaison Office, 2016)
Tokyo, Japan: On 28 June 2016, UNV concluded a partnership agreement with Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., marking the first partnership in Japan between UNV and a private sector company. Mr. Kenji Mori, an energy expert from Yamaha Motor, will be fielded for one year in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) India Office to support Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) improvement projects through the use of renewable energy over a longer period and make lasting contributions. Read
More about: Private sector
Countries:  Japan
Save the Date: 2016 IVCO conference hosted by UNV, GIZ, and Forum
03 August 2016
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), both members of the "Forum for Volunteering in Development" (Forum), will jointly host the 2016 International Volunteering Cooperation Organizations (IVCO 2016) conference in Bonn. You can find more information on the purpose and goals of IVCO 2016, as well as guidance on how to participate, here.

About 200 participants are expected to join the three-day event will take place from October 9-12th and focus on the theme Increasing Resilience of Communities Through Volunteering
. Read
“Making the world a better place” to celebrate Mandela Day in Sudan
22 July 2016
UN Volunteers participated alongside MTN Sudan Telco volunteers and community volunteers in an activity to establish a “Nelson Mandela” recreation area in a Khartoum Children's Hospital. (UNV, 2016)
Khartoum, Sudan:
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference”. Building on these words by Nelson Mandela, UN Volunteers celebrated Mandela Day 2016 in Sudan by trying to improve life for kids in the Jaffar Ebn Aouf Pediatric Hospital in Khartoum.
More about: Children  Civil society  Health
Countries:  Sudan
Supporting ethnic cohesion and social well-being in Kosovo
19 July 2016
Kosovo: A UNV-supported initiative in 2015 empowered young men and women from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community in Kosovo to start their own social entrepreneurship initiatives and advocate for community needs as “Changemakers”.  Read
Safety of UN Volunteers in South Sudan amidst fighting
18 July 2016
Bonn, Germany:
Between Friday 8 July and Sunday 10 July, heavy fighting broke out in Juba which had consequences for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Agencies, Funds and Programmes active in the country. 

A ceasefire was declared on Monday 11 July 2016. At least 272 people have been killed in the recent violence. Two peacekeepers and one United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) staff lost their lives while several other peacekeepers have sustained injuries.

UNV launches revamped Online Volunteering service
15 July 2016
Bonn, Germany:

On 15 July, UNV will be launching its new Online Volunteering service from Brazil and in collaboration with the United Nations country team and the Samsung Latin American Office.

Brazil has been selected as the location for the global launch as the country ranks #4 worldwide for the number of UN Online Volunteers and has a high potential for growth in online volunteering activities in general.

Other languages: en español  
UNV Honorary Ambassador Mr. Takehito Nakata (in memoriam)
12 July 2016

UNV Honorary Ambassador (retired) Mr Takehito Nakata passed away peacefully on 23 May 2016, in Kobe city, Hyogo prefecture, Japan. He was 78 years old. UNV recognizes and appreciates the lasting legacy, dedicated efforts and sacrifices of Mr Nakata and his son Atsuhito. May they both rest in peace. Read

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