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UN Volunteers catalyst for environmental sustainability
by Amina Said

20 June 2007

Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is mobilizing volunteers to support the Live Earth concert in Shanghai, China on 7 July, which aims to empower individuals to take decisive action to combat climate change. 

In a role welcomed by leading organizer and former US Vice-President Al Gore, UNV will work, with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to mobilize 100-150 volunteers. They will raise awareness about climate change in China and how individuals can contribute to the solution. UNV expects these volunteers will then help to develop environmental volunteer projects in China in advance of the “Green Olympics” in Beijing in 2008.

UNV plans to recruit hundreds of volunteers to help organize the “Green Olympics” alongside the Beijing Summer Olympics and Paralympics, in order to promote reduced air, water and noise pollution, environmentally friendly transport and responsible disposal of solid waste.

UNV Executive Coordinator Ad de Raad said, “The adverse effects of climate change are already being felt in areas ranging from agriculture and food security to human health and energy, transport and industry. As the UN focal point for volunteerism for development, UN Volunteers is uniquely placed to help mobilize volunteers to reduce the social and economic implications of climate change and promote environmental sustainability.”

UNV is the United Nations focal point for promoting and harnessing volunteerism for effective development.  It pursues distinctive contributions to effective development by advocating the role and benefits of volunteerism, fostering civic engagement in development programmes, and helping to mobilize volunteers worldwide.  Every year, UNV directly mobilizes more than 7,500 volunteers for development projects and it operates OnlineVolunteering.org to connect development organizations with thousands of online volunteers worldwide.

UNV is administered by the UNDP.

UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)