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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 power of ENGAGEMENT: volunteerism and disaster risk reduction in view of the post-2015 agenda
17 March 2015
Sendai, Japan: Volunteerism is a fundamental source of community strength and resilience that exists in all societies throughout the world. The role of volunteerism, in general, and mobilizing and managing volunteers, in particular, are important components of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas.

View the statement of the Executive Coordinator of UNV, Richard Dictus, at the 6th Plenary Meeting of the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, here.

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Volunteering to advance gender equality. New perspectives for the post-2015 agenda
16 March 2015
Female volunteers can be role models helping to break gender stereotypes. National UN volunteer Maïmounata Ouedraogo rides her motorbike across Burkina Faso to promote volunteerism. (K. Gosse/UNV)
New York, USA: Volunteerism can widen spaces for voice and action within the development process, including for young women and girls. An expert panel discussion, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on the margins of the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW59), explored the role of volunteerism in enhancing the accountability of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and advance gender equality. Representatives from UN agencies, Member States and volunteer-involving organizations focused on how volunteerism can help monitoring progress made affecting women's lives and empowering women through increased opportunities for civic engagement. Read
Statement from UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus for International Women’s Day 2015
08 March 2015
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day in this year of Beijing plus 20.
 
From the Partners for Prevention project in the Asia-Pacific region to the Female Genital Mutilation project in Sudan, UNV supporting its UN partner agencies, has a long history of working towards Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and integrating these issues into all of its projects and programmes. 

But the most vivid examples of the continued pursuit of gender equality in development and peace, are UN Volunteers themselves making a difference throughout the world.

Read our special feature for International Women's Day 2015 to find out more about some inspiring women UN Volunteers.

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New ICOS - making the UN Volunteer experience even better
06 March 2015
Bonn, Germany: The new international UN Volunteers Conditions of Service, which came into effect on 1 March 2015, include many new developments, such as increased pre-departure and resettlement allowances, extended post-service medical insurance, and paternity leave, to name a few, which show that UNV is committed to making the UN Volunteer experience even better. 

The new conditions will better suit the changing needs of UN Volunteers, retain UNV as a cost effective modality attractive to UN entity partners, and streamline volunteer management procedures globally.

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Countries:  Germany
Preparing UN Youth Volunteers for their Assignments
03 March 2015
For the first time national UN Youth Volunteers in Madagascar are trained for their assignment with UNDP Madagascar. Here, UN Youth Volunteer Razanadravily Justine Lange Lailla (left) and the Youth Center Director Andrianaridera Suzano (standing on the right) during an exercise (Raj Hassalany, UNV, 2015)
Bonn, Germany: This week and for the second time in less than a month, the average age in the building UNV Headquarters in Bonn dropped significantly, inversely proportional with the rise in levels of energy and enthusiasm. UNV, as part of a series of UN Youth Volunteer training sessions, is hosting  groups of young people attending their Assignment Preparation Training. Read
A new impetus for the partnership between UNV and the Arab Federation of Voluntary Activities (AFVA)
19 February 2015
Mr AlKazim Secretary General of AFVA and Mr Richard Dictus launching the first ever Annual Report in Arabic, thanks to AFVA sponsorship. (UNV, 2015)
Bonn, Germany: On Thursday February 19th, Richard Dictus, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme welcomed the Secretary General of the Arab Federation for Voluntary Activities (AFVA) Mr Yousuf Ali AlKazim from Doha, Qatar, at UNV Headquarters in Bonn.

Mr Yousuf Ali AlKazim and Richard Dictus jointly launched the first ever Arabic version of UNV Annual Report 2013 which was made possible thanks to AFVA sponsorship. You can read the UNV Annual Report 2013 in Arabic by following this link.

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Luxembourg and UNV confirm their strong partnership
12 February 2015
UNV Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus  meeting with M. Romain Schneider, Minister of Luxembourg for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (UNV, 2015)
Luxembourg, Luxembourg: On Wednesday February 11th, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) Richard Dictus, met with M. Romain Schneider, Minister of Luxembourg for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid in Luxembourg. Were also attending this meeting, Mrs Martine Schommer, General Director of Luxembourg Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid; M. Marc Pitzen, Senior Inspector for the Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid and M. Georges Metz from the Ministry of Education and Youth in Luxembourg. Read
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MONUSCO aims for 100% safety in its air operations
06 February 2015
UN Volunteer Victor on the radio with colleagues from his section, updating the Daily Flights Schedule (UNV, 2014)
A dentist and an airplane pilot? Yes! It’s possible! Victor Raul Wiche-Meza is living proof. A native of Peru, Victor has been practicing both professions for 25 years; first in the Air Force, and then in business for himself in his hometown of Arequipa in the Andes mountains. You’re probably asking yourself why? “When I began my studies in dentistry, I joined a flying club so I could become a private pilot.

Crazy about airplanes, I then enrolled in Aviation School to learn to fly commercial planes, while continuing my dentistry studies,” he explains. According to Victor, one must be socially-minded to practice these two professions: “It was the desire to help people that led me to these two professions, which have service in common: service to patients by treating their dental problems, and service to the community by flying airplanes,” he remarks. 

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UNV and MBC Hope award outstanding young volunteers from the Arab Region
20 January 2015
The Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth Ahmad Alhendawi (left) with the UNV/MBC award winners (from left to right: Lamia Bazir, Zina El Nahel, Hadeel AbuSoufeh, and Amal Al Saqal) and Mazen Hayek, MBC Group Official Spokesman and Group Director of PR (MBC, 2015)
Dubai, UAE: Last night, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme brought the achievements, commitment and energy of five young volunteers into the international spotlight through a unique partnership with MBC Hope, the corporate social responsibility arm of Middle-East broadcasting giant MBC Group. 

The UNV/MBC Al Amal Youth Volunteering Award highlights the capacity of young volunteers in the Arab region to drive positive change in their communities. Moreover, it provides a platform for young people themselves to inspire each other and feel confident about their future.

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Countries:  Egypt  Jordan  Morocco  Yemen
UNV and Government of Hong Kong SAR launch new initiative to support youth volunteerism
19 January 2015
Hong Kong and Bonn: UNV and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced the establishment of the "Hong Kong – United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme".  Starting in 2015, outstanding undergraduate university students in Hong Kong will have the opportunity to serve as UN Youth University Volunteers for six months at the field offices of UN agencies in Southeast Asian countries. The two-year pilot scheme for 2015-2016 is made possible by funding provided by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Its implementation will be supported by Hong Kong-based NGOs: Agency for Volunteer Service; Peace and Development Foundation; and the Hong Kong Volunteers Association. Read

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