Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
A new impetus for the partnership between UNV and the Arab Federation of Voluntary Activities (AFVA)
19 February 2015
Luxembourg and UNV confirm their strong partnership
On Thursday February 19th, Richard Dictus, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme welcomed the Secretary General of the Arab Federation for Voluntary Activities (AFVA) Mr Yousuf Ali AlKazim from Doha, Qatar, at UNV Headquarters in Bonn.
Mr Yousuf Ali AlKazim and Richard Dictus jointly launched the first ever Arabic version of UNV Annual Report 2013 which was made possible thanks to AFVA sponsorship. You can read the UNV Annual Report 2013 in Arabic by following this link. Read
12 February 2015
MONUSCO aims for 100% safety in its air operations
On Wednesday February 11th, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) Richard Dictus, met with M. Romain Schneider, Minister of Luxembourg for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid in Luxembourg. Were also attending this meeting, Mrs Martine Schommer, General Director of Luxembourg Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid; M. Marc Pitzen, Senior Inspector for the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and M. Georges Metz from the Ministry of Education and Youth in Luxembourg. Read
06 February 2015
UNV and MBC Hope award outstanding young volunteers from the Arab Region
A dentist and an airplane pilot? Yes! It’s possible! Victor Raul Wiche-Meza is living proof. A native of Peru, Victor has been practicing both professions for 25 years; first in the Air Force, and then in business for himself in his hometown of Arequipa in the Andes mountains. You’re probably asking yourself why? “When I began my studies in dentistry, I joined a flying club so I could become a private pilot.
Crazy about airplanes, I then enrolled in Aviation School to learn to fly commercial planes, while continuing my dentistry studies,” he explains. According to Victor, one must be socially-minded to practice these two professions: “It was the desire to help people that led me to these two professions, which have service in common: service to patients by treating their dental problems, and service to the community by flying airplanes,” he remarks. Read
20 January 2015
UNV and Government of Hong Kong SAR launch new initiative to support youth volunteerism
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. Read
19 January 2015
Hong Kong and Bonn:
[Press Release] UNV and the Government of Hong Kong SAR launch new joint initiative to support youth volunteerism
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
14 January 2015
Hong Kong and Bonn:
What role for volunteers in the new Sustainable Development Goals?
UNV and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced today the establishment of the "Hong Kong – United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme". 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. 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. Read
14 January 2015
UNV brokers collaboration between the UN and the private sector on corporate volunteering
As we reach 2015 and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are firming up, UNV and its partner organizations are actively engaging to shape the role of volunteers and volunteerism in the global effort to create “The World We Want”. Over the last 15 years, working on many aspects of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has taught us how important people’s participation and ownership is to make change sustainable. Read
16 December 2014
New York, USA:
UN Volunteers ride the bus against gender based violence in Bangladesh
On International Volunteer Day 2014, UNV gathered stakeholders from the private sector and UN officials to launch the commitment of IMPACT 2030 in supporting the implementation of the post-2015 agenda through corporate volunteering. IMPACT 2030 is a global coalition of private sector leaders and other stakeholders aiming to expand and encourage corporate and employee volunteering activities to help achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Read
15 December 2014
UNV announces new Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers
To focus on gender and transportation, an issued often raised in discussions with Bangladeshi citizens, UN Volunteers in Dhaka joined the 16 Days Against Gender Based Violence 2014 campaign by riding city buses, distributing flyers and engaging with the public. Read
10 December 2014
In a video message to all personnel, United Nations Volunteers Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus has announced new Conditions of Service for international UN Volunteers. The message, part UNV's information campaign to notify UN partners and UN Volunteers of major policy changes that will take effect as of 1 March 2015, highlights changes particularly relevant to current and prospective UN Volunteers. Read