23 March 2016
Geoffrey Prewitt, Chief of the UNV Development Programming Section, stresses that it’s important to encourage volunteerism at a policy level following the V-Award ceremony in Sri Lanka. Visit site
A day in the life of a UN Volunteer Programme Officer
14 March 2016
Winners of the UNV Global Presentation Competition "Youth Change the World - Volunteering for the SDGs"
Vojtech Hledik, UN Volunteer Programme Officer in Ukraine, gives us a closer look at the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and shares his advice for those considering a UN career. Visit site
23 February 2016
UNV India has been hosting the Indian iteration of the Global Presentation Competition "Youth Change the World - Volunteering for the SDGs" in cooperation with multiple UNV offices including Ghana, Fiji, Uganda and more in the world.
World leaders gathered on 25 September 2015, at the United Nations in New York to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will guide policy and funding for the next 15 years, beginning with a historic pledge to end poverty. Everywhere. Permanently. Visit site
Top UNV officials explain volunteerism in Sri Lanka and the world
21 February 2016
Volunteerism is for all, not just the young people
Sri Lanka's Sunday Observer discusses the state of volunteerism in the
country with Geoff Prewitt, UNV Chief of Development Programming
Section, and Sveva Prettorino, Programme Officer for the UNV Field Unit in Sri Lanka. Visit site
15 December 2015
With the publication of the latest World’s Volunteerism Report 2015, a resolution of the UN General Assembly, a Global Action Plan and a series of research papers proving the effectiveness of volunteerism in peace and development, volunteerism has received a lot of attention in policymaking throughout 2015.
Interestingly, the year was also important for the development sector for a number of reasons, primarily the endorsement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that sets new global benchmarks to fight poverty and inequality. What really counts is that now everybody realises that volunteerism plays a big role in the overall efforts to make the SDGs a reality. Visit site
The ripple effect of volunteering for planet and people
11 December 2015
What role can volunteerism play in the future of planet and people?
In this blog series, UNDP experts and practitioners share their perspective on issues of climate change, in the lead up to COP21 in December.
Now that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted, we at United Nations Volunteers (UNV) are trying to gauge how our work can contribute to advancing those goals. As the world turns its attention to climate change, how can we be a part of the solution? Visit site
Why volunteersim matters in Zimbabwe
09 December 2015
The International Volunteer Day was commemorated in Harare on December 4.
On this day, we did not only celebrate vounteerism in all its facets, but also paid special tribute to thousands of volunteers working to implement the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (...)
Not only can volunteers serve to address a specific development objective, such as the volunteering action against HIV and AIDS in Zimbabwe, but just as importantly, volunteers can enhancehuman development by transforming individual lives, including their own. Read
International Volunteer Day Highlights The Power Of Giving Back
05 December 2015
UNV Development Chief talks about volunteerism on TV in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Amidst the consumerism that tends to envelop us during the holidays, December has also become a time when we’re asked to consider the importance of donating our time, talent and treasure to the betterment of the world. #GivingTuesday, a recently instituted global day dedicated to giving back, was created as a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Women’s Entrepreneur Day is another new seasonal event that celebrates and advances the work of female entrepreneurs, with the ultimate goal of empowering women and lifting them out of poverty.
And then there’s the International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development on December 5th, an event established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985. International Volunteer Day (IVD) gives volunteers a chance to work together on projects and campaigns promoting their contributions to economic and social development at local, national and international levels. Read
04 December 2015
Youth leaders debate new development goals
In the lead-up to International Volunteer Day, Geoffrey D. Prewitt, Chief of the Development Programme Section of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, talks about UNV and the importance of volunteering on N1, a television channel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, alongside Amela Sirovina, from the Centre for development of youth activism in the country. (Article in the language(s) of Bosnia and Herzegovina
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29 September 2015
Forty young people from Myanmar gathered in Yangon on September 26 to exchange ideas about adopting sustainable development objectives in their country.The event was organised by UN agencies and was aimed at providing a forum for discussing the importance of the UN’s recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relation to young people in Myanmar. Visit site