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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.
“Think of volunteers as the amino acids of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus at forum in Washington
20 June 2016
Washington, D.C., the United States:

“Think of [Volunteers] as the amino acids of the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, addressing the 10th Anniversary International Forum for Volunteering in Development held at the Brookings Institution in Washington on 14 June 2016. Read

New Brand for United Nations Volunteers
15 June 2016
Bonn, Germany For over forty years the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has contributed to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Since our founding by the General Assembly in 1970, UNV has worked with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming. In the last twenty-five years, UNV’s mandate has evolved to become an important part of peacekeeping operations and to promote the recognition of volunteerism worldwide. Read
Berlin peacekeeping commemoration honours German peacekeepers
02 June 2016
Berlin, Germany: In what has become an annual event, the Government of Germany and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) held a gathering in Berlin to mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers, honouring the contribution of German peacekeepers around the world in the presence of more than 200 invitees. Read
Countries:  Germany
UNV Message for the International Day of UN Peacekeepers
27 May 2016
Bonn, Germany: The UN sets aside 29 May as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers to honour the memory of UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

Some 2,000 UN Volunteers are among the 18,000 international and national civilian personnel who tirelessly work with people and communities living at and behind the frontlines.
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The critical role of volunteers as first responders
25 May 2016
Istanbul, Turkey: The critical role of volunteers as first responders in emergencies and crises was the topic of a side event that was held on 23 May on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The panel discussion was jointly held by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Turkey
UNHQ lays wreaths and awards medals to honour fallen UN peacekeepers
20 May 2016
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon lays a wreath honouring fallen peacekeepers during a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York marking the 2016 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (29 May). UN Photo/Mark Garten, 2016
New York: The UN held a wreath-laying ceremony at its headquarters on 19 May to mark the 2016 International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presided over the commemoration and he awarded the Dag Hammarskjöld medal to UN peacekeepers who had fallen during 2015 as well as the first “Captain Mbaye Diagne Medal for Exceptional Courage”. Read
Countries:  United States
National volunteer scheme for the youth of Gabon
12 May 2016
The Minister of Youth and Sports of Gabon, Blaise Louembe (right), and the Chief of Partnerships and Communications Division of UNV, Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, signed an agreement for the implementation of a project that will support the establishment of a Youth Volunteer Corps in the country. (UNV, 2016)
Libreville, Gabon: On the occasion of the 5th Summit of Pan-African UN Youth Leaders in Libreville, the Minister of Youth and Sports of Gabon, Blaise Louembe, and the Chief of Partnerships and Communications Division of UNV, Kazumi Ikeda-Larhed, signed an agreement for the implementation of a project that will support the establishment of a Youth Volunteer Corps in the country. Read
More about: Youth
UN joint programme helps prevent violence against women in Viet Nam
03 May 2016
Tran Van Chuong is one of the male advocates working to prevent violence against women and girls in Viet Nam through the Partners for Prevention, a UN joint programme. (Photo: UNV Viet Nam FU and UN Women Viet Nam, 2016)
Da Nang, Viet Nam: Through the Male Advocacy Club set up by the Women’s Union in Da Nang, Viet Nam, as part of the Partners for Prevention (P4P) UN joint programme, 26-year old Tran Van Chuong found a way to help his neighbour stop beating his wife and learned how to convey his own feelings without insulting or hurting those he spoke to.   Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Viet Nam
UN Youth Envoy visits youth and UN Volunteers in China
27 April 2016
During his mission to China, Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth (seated at table), met with Chinese UN Volunteers in Beijing, hosted by Manon Bernier, UNV Regional Manager for Asia and the Pacific (standing, center). (UNV China, 2016)

The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi recently spent a week visiting China at the invitation of the All-China Youth Federation.  He was joined by a joint UN delegation of senior youth experts from UNESCO, UNV, UNEP, UN Habitat, ILO, and UNFPA to advance collaboration on youth development in China. Read

More about: Youth
Countries:  Bolivia  China  Jordan
Building resilience to climate change
21 April 2016
Diego Chirino (left) is a UN Volunteer Specialist providing support as Tropical Farming Agronomist and Livelihoods Manager to strengthen risk management strategies in Bolivia. (UNV, 2016)
Bolivia: UN Volunteers Florencio Maldonado and Diego Chirino are working on a group project called “Resilience” whose objective is to provide support to local government authorities in the Beni River and Mamore River catchment areas. This will involve reinforcing the authorities’ risk management strategies. The volunteers are also working with civil society organisations in order to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and to teach preventative farming strategies that will allow crops to be improved in the case of a disaster.  Read
More about: Agriculture  Environment
Countries:  Bolivia
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