National volunteer policy to recognize volunteers stressed
08 April 2009
Volunteers join the fight against female genital mutilation in Sudan
Speakers at a day-long workshop in the city Tuesday underscored the need for formulating a national policy integrating all ministries with Youth and Sports as lead ministry for the recognition of volunteers working in different fields in the country, reports BSS.
08 April 2009
Formulate guidelines to promote volunteerism
An innovative volunteer-based programme mobilising local communities to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) in Sudan has met with a fair amount of success. Implemented by the United Nations Volunteers programme, the United Nations Population Fund and Ahfad University for Women in Sudan, there is evidence that this programme has lead to a change in attitude towards the culture of FGM. Visit site
08 April 2009
UN aid for population, housing census
The government should formulate guidelines to promote volunteerism, which is the best tool to achieve sustainable development, speakers at a national workshop on volunteerism said yesterday. Read
31 March 2009
Youth social inclusion project presented in Ukraine
The United Nations will help monitor Viet Nam's population and housing census to be carried out from April 1-15. Thirty staff from the UN's women's, children's and population funds, plus UNV volunteers, will join monitoring activities in 21 province and cities during the census. This was the first time the UN had helped monitor a Viet Nam census. Visit site
26 March 2009
Promote volunteerism to achieve MDGs
The implementation of the 'Youth Social Inclusion for Civic Engagement' project has started at the regional level in Ukraine. The project was launched in September 2008 with the overall objective of supporting youth social inclusion and civic engagement.
The project will develop key social competencies, which are needed for proactive youth involvement in society and decision-making processes, thus providing support to further enhancement of the Government's youth policy in Ukraine. Read
25 March 2009
Boosting volunteer activities for Viet Nam
Speakers at a workshop yesterday said media can play an important role in promoting volunteerism in the country as a long-term strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The United Nations Volunteers in association with the National Press Club organised the workshop on 'Advocating for the recognition of volunteers as a tool of increasing local participation towards achieving MDGs: Role of the media'.
Speaking as the chief guest, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad said, “It is possible to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country by 2021 if we join hands irrespective of idealism and beliefs for its development.”
18 February 2009
"Sudanese officials urge refugees in Uganda to return home", by UNV volunteer
A project to promote volunteer activities in Vietnam was signed on 18 February between the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and UNV. Visit site
28 January 2009
Builder from Benin volunteers with UNHCR in Burundi
Article written by Mr. Kazuhiko Shimizu, UNV volunteer serving as an External Relations Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Southern Sudan. His assignment is part of the 'Pilot Program for Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding', which is commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and implemented by the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC). Visit site
09 January 2009
Community Volunteers instrumental in Bihar flood
Every year, hundreds of people from UNV are assigned to work for the UN refugee agency. Anicet Adjahossou is a typical example. He worked in the construction sector in West Africa for several years before deciding to try something completely different. Last year, the 32-year-old from Benin joined UNV and was sent to work for UNHCR in Burundi, where 10 UNV volunteers work for the agency. Visit site
01 January 2009
It is volunteers like Kiran Devi who can make disaster management more effective. In Bihar’s Supaul district alone, there are 150 such volunteers who had put their lives on the line to save others.