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UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with UNHCR
05 September 2016
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi after signing the Memorandum in Geneva, Switzerland (UNHCR, 2016)
Geneva, Switzerland: More than 2,500 UN Volunteers, half of them women, have supported the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in delivering on its mandate in 95 countries over the past six years. UNHCR and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme have signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming this long-standing partnership. Read
Ensuring safety of air operations in South Sudan
25 August 2016
UN Volunteer Khurshid Dilresh (second from left) carries out basic firefighting training for Fire Safety Assistants. (UNV, 2015)
Juba, South Sudan: I am working as a UN Volunteer Fire Safety Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. During the civil unrest of 2013, I remained in the mission throughout that period to ensure the safe operation of UNMISS air assets. It was a time when everybody in the mission worked tirelessly to relocate casualties from conflict areas across the country to save human lives. Read
Helping bring hope to people’s lives
24 August 2016
Marco Tesser (left) supports the distribution of fishing utensils to IDPs in Guit county. (UNV, 2015)
Bentiu, South Sudan: A substantial part of work focuses inside the protection of civilians (POC) site of Bentiu, which is the largest site in the country, with over 105,000 internally displaced persons. My job involves helping to provide security within the POC site, particularly to the vulnerable communities of women and girls when they go out of the POC site to collect firewood. Read
Countries:  South Sudan
Empowering women in humanitarian crisis
20 July 2016
UN Volunteer Jasmin Blessing (standing) interviews local women on women's participation in camp governance in the shelter of Pedernales. (UNV, 2016)
Pedernales, Ecuador: My experience in Ecuador taught me that natural disasters can change household dynamics and promote opportunities for women as agents of change. Gender stereotypes can and have changed over time. They change fast in emergencies, and this is a challenge and an opportunity to build a more equal society.  Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Ecuador
World Humanitarian Summit: a UN Volunteer’s perspective
15 July 2016
UN Volunteer Sheriff Abdulai (second from right), with other UN Volunteers and UNV staff, at the UNV booth at the World Humanitarian Summit that took place in Turkey in May 2016. (UNV, 2016)
Istanbul, Turkey: As an international UN Volunteer working with the Gender Unit in the United Nation Mission in South Sudan, attending the World Humanitarian Summit was an immense opportunity. As I reflect on my journey and the experience of my visit to Turkey, I realize that I have gained a deeper insight and therefore more meaning towards my work as a UN Volunteer.  Interacting with various people on humanitarian issues at the global level, as well as on the details and benefits of volunteerism towards humanity was more fulfilling than anticipated. Read
Countries:  Turkey

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