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UNV supports UN system response to Ebola
03 December 2014
As part of the Ebola response personnel, UNV PO Isaih Akum and national UNV Peace and Development Advisor Ms Saudatua Jah wear protective gear during a food distribution exercise. (UNV Sierra Leone Field Unit, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: UNV, as part of UNDP, is supporting the UN system’s response to the Ebola virus outbreak by providing volunteers to serve with the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), which is coordinating the UN response, by providing volunteers to support UN partners in implementing programmes in response to Ebola, and by mobilizing community volunteers in support of local initiatives. Read
Statement on the passing of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) member of civilian personnel
14 October 2014
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has lost a dedicated member of its UN civilian personnel to Ebola. AbdelFadeel Mohamad Basheer, citizen of the Republic of Sudan, is survived by his wife and nine children.

All of us at the United Nations express deep sadness and our condolences to the family at the passing of AbdelFadeel Mohamad Basheer. We hope that solace can be found in this difficult time by knowing that the sacrifice of medical experts like Mr Basheer will not be in vain. Read
More about: Health
Countries:  Liberia
UNV supports global efforts for disaster risk reduction
13 October 2014
UN Volunteer Rita de Cassia Dutra, second from left, and teachers of the Salvador Hidalgo Cornejo School in Guadalupe, San Vincente, El Salvador are drawing up the concept of an ideal school. This is part of the activities of a Disaster Risk Reduction workshop held twice a month in the school with teachers and community members. (Etel Matielo, 2011)
Bonn, Germany: The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), celebrated every year on 13 October, encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. The role of volunteerism in mobilizing and managing volunteers is an important component of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas. UNV supports global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters by working at national and community level to support disaster prevention and risk reduction strategies. Read
UNV in action: humanitarian assistance in Cameroon
19 August 2014
National UN Volunteer Hamza Tidjani Ousmane, UNHCR WASH Officer in Batouri, is providing assistance to a young boy while inspecting water points on the site of Lolo, Batouri, Cameroon. (Rakotondrazafy A. M. Ny Aina/UNV, 2014)
Garoua-Boulaï, Cameroon: Refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) have crossed into Cameroon to escape violence in their country. The camp of Gado, in the Garoua-Boulaï area, is next to the border of CAR and receives refugees every day. Read the photo story of UN Volunteers helping improve the lives of people in the camp. In the aftermath of conflicts or natural disasters, people often need assistance from the international community. The United Nations is there to help get the aid flowing and to enable recovery and rehabilitation. UN Volunteers play a key part in delivering this assistance, and often at the front line. Read
UNV and UN-Habitat sign Memorandum of Understanding
12 March 2014
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus and UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos sign a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between the two organizations. (UN-Habitat, 2014)
Nairobi, Kenya: The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is keen on increasing the deployment of specialized UN Volunteers.  UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos said, “We have a new strategic approach to urbanization with three focus areas; urban legislation, urban planning and design, and urban economy and municipal finance. We recognize the specific contribution that UN Volunteers make to our projects and we are looking to engage volunteers with technical expertise in these areas specifically.” Joan Clos was speaking at a meeting with UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus, on the occasion of the Memorandum of Understanding signed recently between UNV and UN-Habitat. Read
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