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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.
First UNV Kenya, Somalia and Uganda Regional Retreat in Kenya sets pace for peer-to-peer learning innovations
18 November 2014
Ms. Maria-Threase Keating, UNDP Kenya Country Director, giving her inspirational. (UNV, 2014)
Nairobi, Kenya: The first UNV African Regional Retreat for UN Volunteers was held from 5 to 8 November, 2014 at the Maanzoni Lodge, Lukenya, in Kenya. More than 150 people from UNV teams in Kenya, Somalia and Uganda gathered to share their knowledge and network. Tapiwa Kamuruko, who was recently installed in Nairobi in the new post of UNV Regional Manager for Africa, opened the retreat. Maria–Threase Keating, UNDP Kenya Country Director, and David Akopyan, UNDP Somalia Deputy Country Director (Programmes), also attended. Read
Youth unemployment: The foresight experience in Kosovo
14 November 2014
Prishtina, Kosovo: From my very first day working as a UN Youth Volunteer as part of UNDP’s Inclusive Growth Team in Kosovo, I started to realize that all the statistics showing low levels of unemployment, particularly among youth, are hiding the true and disturbing extent of this issue. With more than 35 percent of young Kosovars neither having a job nor going to school, they grow impatient, pessimistic about their chances to have a decent life, and frustrated with not being heard. Read
Training of Trainers on Volunteerism to promote youth civic engagement
10 November 2014
Amman, Jordan: United Nations for Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme are pleased to announce the launch of a joint volunteer management Training of Trainers (TOT) in Amman. The workshop brings together 20 youth associations and civil society organizations from different Arab countries to share experiences and lessons learned on how youth volunteerism can be harnessed to contribute to promoting peace and sustainable development. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Jordan
Other languages: en français  
Fighting poverty by teaching new skills
29 October 2014
The spouses of members of the Armed Forces of the DRC water a community garden started to diversify their sources of income and improve food security for their families. (UNV, 2014)
Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo: On the right bank of the Congo River in Kisangani, thirteen women weed and plough a piece of land as part of a UN Volunteer's Initiative for Peace and Development. The idea of this community garden run by the spouses of members of the Armed Forces of the DRC is to diversify their sources of income and improve food security for their families. Read
Other languages: en français  
UN Day 2014 celebrated by the Federal City of Bonn, host of 18 UN organizations
27 October 2014
Visitor taking part to the My World global survey, at the UNV stand (Céline Bolton, UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: Like every year, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme  was present along with its sister organizations for the annual celebration of UN Day in Bonn, which took place on Saturday, 25 October 2014. This year’s UN Day was dedicated to education and sustainable development in the context of the completion of the “UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development”. The theme for 2014 was “8:0 in favor of development-Education makes the difference”. Read
Lima Declaration calls for Member States to recognize volunteerism in the Post-2015 framework
24 October 2014
Chris Eaton, Executive Director of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and new Chair of Forum, signs the Lima Declaration on behalf of WUSC (James O’ Brien/VSO, 2014)
Lima, Peru: The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) of International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO) recently closed  its annual Conference with a Declaration calling for Member States to recognize volunteer groups as key partners and stakeholders of the Post-2015 framework and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Declaration also calls for ensuring an active role for citizens, including volunteers, in any accountability mechanism to monitor progress towards the SDGs. Read
People’s engagement: the key to sustainable development
21 October 2014
Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, speaks at the opening session of the high-level global meeting concluding the Dialogues on the implementation of the post-2015 agenda on the theme of ‘Partnership with Civil Society’ (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 20-21 October 2014) (UNV, 2014)
Siem Reap, Cambodia: The Dialogues on the implementation of the post-2015 agenda on the theme of ‘Partnerships with Civil Society’ concluded today in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “The engagement of civil society in the post-2015 agenda needs to be articulated around three issues, notably space, capacity as well as trust and confidence. To deliver on a complex agenda, spanning across environmental, social and economic issues, inclusive opportunities need to be developed for all actors to engage in a complementary way and according to their area of expertise,” said Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, during the Cambodia high-level meeting. Read
Volunteering the future: A call to arms
16 October 2014
Photo: Zaven Khachikyan/UNDP in Armenia.
Bonn, Germany: During a recent visit to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Istanbul, we discussed at length the many natural synergies between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and UNDP's development work in Europe and Central Asia. We agreed that for UNV and for UNDP, the critical element is inclusion. To be truly inclusive, we will have to work harder to reach women, minorities, and other vulnerable groups. Volunteerism can be an essential part of that reach. Read
Young volunteers engage communities to combat Ebola
13 October 2014
Young volunteers are helping to prevent the transmission of Ebola by distributing soap and chlorine amongst communities. (UNV, 2014)
Conakry, Guinea: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, together with a consortium of Guinean youth organizations, is carrying out sensitization campaigns about Ebola prevention measures in communities around the country. Young volunteers are helping to prevent the transmission of Ebola by distributing soap and chlorine, showing community members how to thoroughly wash their hands and avoid contact with possible Ebola patients, as well as explaining what to do and where to go if one suspects having symptoms of the disease. Read
More about: Health  Youth
Countries:  Guinea
Other languages: en français  en español  
UNV supports global efforts for disaster risk reduction
13 October 2014
UN Volunteer Rita de Cassia Dutra, second from left, and teachers of the Salvador Hidalgo Cornejo School in Guadalupe, San Vincente, El Salvador are drawing up the concept of an ideal school. This is part of the activities of a Disaster Risk Reduction workshop held twice a month in the school with teachers and community members. (Etel Matielo, 2011)
Bonn, Germany: The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), celebrated every year on 13 October, encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. The role of volunteerism in mobilizing and managing volunteers is an important component of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas. UNV supports global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters by working at national and community level to support disaster prevention and risk reduction strategies. Read

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