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Running free
16 February 2016
Fifty women take part in the inaugural Bentiu community fun run. (UNV, 2015)
Bentiu, South Sudan: Sport can be used as a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding by bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. It can be used as an instrument to rebuild trust in communities that have been torn apart by conflict. Read
Countries:  South Sudan
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.

More about: Education  Youth
Countries:  Egypt  Jordan  Morocco  Yemen
RIO 2016 Volunteer Programme
03 September 2014
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has organized consultations to explore how volunteerism can be given more visibility during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This follows the successful support provided by UNV during the Beijing Olympic Games. Read
Increasing rural youth capacity to tackle local problems and achieve the MDGs
12 August 2014
Young people and their teachers are designing and discussing projects which are built on youth-adult partnership methodology. Forum facilitator Valeriya Gorshkova (centre) provides her feedback on the designed projects. (UNV, 2014)
Ochakov, Ukraine: More than 50 rural youth and teachers from the Mykolaiv and Kherson oblasts took part in the Youth Forum organized by the ‘Young Football Volunteers' programme to learn about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), healthy lifestyle and volunteering. The YFV programme was launched by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in 2012 to utilize sport and volunteering as a means to tackle health and social risks. Read
More about: HIV/AIDS  Health  Youth
Countries:  Ukraine
UN Volunteers promote healthy lifestyles in Crimea
09 May 2014
UN Volunteer Davron Mirsagatov (left), 'Young Football Volunteers' Project Coordinator, receives the award for "the best public organization to promote healthy lifestyles in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in 2013". (UNV, 2014)
Simferopol, Ukraine: In February 2014 the best Crimean athletes and coaches of 2013 were honoured at one of the most important sport events in Crimea: the annual Ball of Champions. The project "Young Football Volunteers: Sport and Volunteering for the MDGs", implemented by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was recognized as "the best public organization to promote healthy lifestyles in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) in 2013". Read

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