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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.
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
Other languages: en español  
UN Volunteers to assist in relief efforts in Ecuador
20 April 2016
Photo: UNICEF Ecuador.
Quito, Ecuador: On 16 April 2016, the Pacific coast of Ecuador was hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the strongest in decades, killing over 500 women, men and children, injuring more than 4,600, and affecting the lives of half a million people. In collaboration with a number of UN partner agencies on the ground in Ecuador, UNV is ready to mobilize UN Volunteers with extensive experience in the field of emergency response and early recovery.  Read
More about: Emergency relief
Countries:  Ecuador
Other languages: en español  
Samsung and UNV announce an innovative partnership to promote volunteerism for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
19 April 2016
Pedro Kim, President and CEO of Samsung Latin America (left), Elise Bouvet, Manager of the UNV Online Volunteering Service (centre), and Amanda Mukwashi, Chief of the UNV Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section (right).
Aiming to leverage online volunteering to connect volunteer expertise with community action, this collaboration is the first result of a co-creation process between the private sector and the United Nations Volunteers programme Read
Countries:  Brazil
Raising awareness of health issues in Viet Nam
07 April 2016
Emmanuel Eraly (right) hands out a helmet to an elementary school child in Hanoi, Viet Nam on the occasion of UN Road Safety Week 2015. (Jakub Zak, 2015)
Viet Nam: World Health Day is the birthday of the World Health Organization (WHO) and a day that is close to Emmanuel Eraly’s heart, as he has been involved in many campaigns to raise awareness of health issues in Viet Nam, where he worked for almost four years as a UNV intern and later as an international UN Volunteer supporting the communications function of WHO. Read
More about: Health
Countries:  Viet Nam
Volunteers and civil society on the SDGs
31 March 2016
Ukraine: In 2015, UNV, the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Ukraine and the GURT Resource Centre held a consultation on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with civil society organizations and volunteer groups in 11 cities of Ukraine. A total of 293 participants worked together to choose the most relevant SDGs addressing burning issues for Ukraine’s development. Visit site

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