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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.
Community volunteers help to prevent tuberculosis
14 April 2014
Community volunteers receive training on how to prevent tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases. They will then be replicating these trainings in their communities. (UNV, 2014)
Nukus, Uzbekistan: In February 2014, 25 community volunteers were trained within the UN Joint Programme "Sustaining livelihoods affected by the Aral Sea disaster" to improve awareness on tuberculosis and other chronic respiratory diseases among the population of five districts of Karakalpakstan. This year, 75 such trainings will take place, and 1,500 volunteers will be trained within the programme. The objective of the trainings – organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme – is to increase public awareness about diseases related to environmental degradation and climate change, and to promote a healthy lifestyle in the Republic of Karakalpakstan. Read
Countries:  Uzbekistan
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World Health Day 2014
07 April 2014
UNV Midwife Trainer with UNFPA in Haiti, Annick Coulibaly, from Côte d’Ivoire, attends to a newborn at the Clinic Sonub, Petit Place Cazeau. (UNV, 2012)
Bonn, Germany: World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7 to mark the importance of health for people to be productive and happy. The day, which marks the founding of the World Health Organization, provides an occasion to draw worldwide attention each year to a subject of major importance to global health.

Read about some of the UN Volunteers who are carrying out assignments in the health sector, helping achieve Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality, improve maternal health and combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases, and addressing many other health issues around the world. Visit site
UNV Medical Officer provides quality health care within UNMISS civilian protection site in Malakal - An in-depth interview with Dr. Meroni Abraham
07 April 2014
Dr. Meroni Abraham, a UNV Medical Officer serving at the Level I Clinic in Malakal, South Sudan, treats a child sheltering in the UNMISS site for the protection of civilians. (Issac Alebe Avoro, UNMISS Public Information Office, 2013)
Malakal, South Sudan: The UNV Field Unit in South Sudan recently conducted an in-depth interview with UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham who is currently assigned to the Level 1 Clinic at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Malakal.  Dr. Abraham vividly describes how he provides quality health care in the aftermath of conflict to the many sheltering in the UNMISS site for the protection of civilians.   Read
Countries:  South Sudan
Other languages: en français  
Video captures UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham on duty at UNMISS civilian protection site in Malakal
07 April 2014
UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham, stationed in Malakal with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, treats patients at the UNMISS Level 1 Clinic and is the focal point for UN Volunteers there. (Issac Alebe Avoro, UNMISS Public Information Office, 2013)
Malakal, South Sudan:

A recent UN video captured UNV Medical Officer Dr. Meroni Abraham going about his duties in the aftermath of the violent clashes to recapture  Malakal, the capital city of oil-rich Upper Nile State, South Sudan, from the rebels.  Dr. Abraham served in Malakal throughout the conflict, taking only a few days off due to his commitment to support the people of South Sudan, and despite his incredible responsibilities, is the focal point for UN Volunteers in Malakal. Read

The power of engagement: gender, volunteerism and governance in the post-2015 development agenda
20 March 2014
Rosemary Kalapurakal, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, chaired the event. (UNV/Joel Sheakoski, 2014)
New York, USA: On 18 March, a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme side event to the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) discussed findings and experiences on ways to ensure that women’s participation in public life through volunteerism breaks barriers of gender stereotypes and ensures more sustainable and more equitable development outcomes as the post-2015 agenda takes shape. The event was attended by more than 100 participants, including UN agencies, civil society organizations and numerous member states. Read
More about: Gender  Governance
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Strategic dialogue with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
19 March 2014
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus (left) shakes hands with Mr. Shinichi Iida, Director, Global Issues Cooperation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, after a strategic dialogue meeting at the UNV headquarters in Bonn. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: Mr. Shinichi Iida, Director of Global Issues Cooperation Division, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and his team visited the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme headquarters in Bonn to have a strategic dialogue with UNV on 18 March 2014. Japan has affirmed that five priority areas in the UNV Strategic Framework 2014-2017 are aligned with the Japanese Overseas Development Aid (ODA) priorities. Read
UNV and UNEP sign Memorandum of Understanding
17 March 2014
Ibrahim Thiaw, Assistant-Secretary-General of the United Nations and UNEP Deputy Executive Director (left), and UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. (UNEP, 2014)
Nairobi, Kenya: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Speaking at the event, UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus said, "UNEP and UNV have an incredible opportunity to innovate through engagement of young people and create a new evidence-base for the progress of sustainable development, also by utilizing social media and new communication technologies. With this Memorandum of Understanding, our organizations forge a global partnership to enhance the visibility, the scientific understanding and the recognition of environmental issues through engaging volunteers." Read
UNV and UN-Habitat sign Memorandum of Understanding
12 March 2014
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between the two organizations. (UNEP, 2014)
Nairobi, Kenya: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is keen on increasing the deployment of specialized UN Volunteers.  UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos said, “We have a new strategic approach to urbanization with three focus areas; urban legislation, urban planning and design, and urban economy and municipal finance. We recognize the specific contribution that UN Volunteers make to our projects and we are looking to engage volunteers with technical expertise in these areas specifically.” Joan Clos was speaking at a meeting with UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus, on the occasion of the Memorandum of Understanding signed recently between UNV and UN-Habitat. Read
More about: Emergency relief  Youth
Message from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on the occasion of International Women’s Day
08 March 2014
Sarah Chardonnens (right) is a UN Youth Volunteer Human Rights Support Officer - with the UNDP Governance Unit in Iraq - whose UNV assignment is fully funded by the Government of Switzerland. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: “Equality for women is progress for all." Today, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins in the global celebration of this compelling theme for International Women’s Day. Read
More about: Gender
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International Women's Day 2014
07 March 2014
Sarah Chardonnens (right) is a UN Youth Volunteer Human Rights Support Officer - with the UNDP Governance Unit in Iraq - whose UNV assignment is fully funded by the Government of Switzerland. (UNV, 2014)
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins in the global celebration of International Women’s Day with the theme of "Equality for women is progress for all". We believe that volunteerism can help women have a real voice and role in shaping their livelihoods and their communities and helping accelerate development for all. UNV is committed to supporting women’s engagement in participatory processes, increasing their involvement in, and impact on, local decision-making and enhancing local, national and regional accountability. Visit site

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