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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.
“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.

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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

Brazilian Corporate Volunteer Council signs an innovative partnership with UNV
12 July 2016
Signatories of the partnership between UNV and the Brazilian Corporate Volunteer Council (from left to right): Bruno Lopes, representative of CIEDS; Maria Dolores Galán, UNV Programme Officer in Brazil; Leonardo Mandu, representative of Atento Brasil; Lilian Paparella, representative of Itaipu Binacional; and Claudio Viveiros, representative of Wilson Sons. (UNV, 2016)
Brazil: The Brazilian Corporate Volunteer Council (CBVE) signed an innovative partnership with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Brazil, with the objective to mobilize the private sector and its resources to go beyond corporate volunteering. It will seek volunteer support to United Nations projects, aim to develop knowledge, monitor social investment by companies that encourage mobilization into civil society volunteer programmes, and monitor the contribution of volunteerism to the achievement of the SDGs. Read
More about: Private sector
Countries:  Brazil
UN Volunteers bring hope to refugees in Uganda
05 July 2016
National UNV WASH Assistant Arnold Kasoba Kifufu (right) tests a newly drilled bore hole to serve South Sudanese refugees in the Adjumani Refugee settlement in Uganda. Photo: Lucy Beck (UK), UNV External Relations Officer (UNHCR), 2014.
Kampala, Uganda: More than 20 national and international United Nations Volunteers are assigned to UNHCR in Uganda assigned where they carry out assignments addressing the agency's core business of providing protection, assistance and finding durable solutions for refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless people and those displaced by natural disasters. The latest UNV Uganda newsletter offers a snapshot of their work. Read
Countries:  Uganda
Volunteer network created to promote social participation and solidarity
01 July 2016
UNV Brazil and the State of Minas Gerais, through the Department of Human Rights, Social Participation and Citizenship, sign an agreement to create a Volunteer Network for the promotion of social participation and collective solidarity. (UNV, 2016)
Minas Gerais, Brazil: UNV Brazil and the State of Minas Gerais, through the Department of Human Rights, Social Participation and Citizenship, have signed an agreement to establish a Volunteer Network in Minas Gerais. The project seeks to promote the creation, structuring and implementation of a Volunteer Network in Minas Gerais to contribute to the promotion of social participation and collective solidarity for local transformation. Read
More about: Civil society
Countries:  Brazil
Overwhelming support for UNV at Executive Board annual meeting 2016
23 June 2016
The representative of the permanent mission of Haiti to the UN speaks at the Executive Board meeting.  To her right, the representative of the permanent mission of Japan to the UN, who also spoke. UNV, 2016
New York, United States:

“Quite simply put – the UN could not deploy, and Security Council mandates could not be delivered, without UNV.” These were the comments of Assistant Secretary-General Hubert Price of the UN Department of Field Support, speaking on behalf of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Political Affairs. Speaking at the annual session of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in New York on 9 June 2016. Read

“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

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