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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. (UNEP, 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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UNV partnering with UN-Habitat
12 March 2014
More than 170 UN Volunteers have served with UN-Habitat in 30 countries over the past seven years, supporting UN-Habitat in delivering on its mandate of coordinating human settlement activities.

UN Volunteers are particularly suited to support UN-Habitat’s mandate. They work within communities at the grassroots level, making them well-placed to build community resilience to climate change impacts. Read
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UNV Issue Brief: Environmental Sustainability and Volunteerism
29 January 2014
This Issue Brief demonstrates that incorporating volunteerism into the post-2015 development framework as a mechanism for achieving environmental sustainability is absolutely critical. Read
Update on UNV support to Typhoon Haiyan response efforts
22 November 2013
The Philippines has a vibrant local volunteer sector with a long tradition of providing emergency relief and recovery support following a natural disaster.
In Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines, students from Xavier University volunteer to collect and distribute donations for the earthquake-hit region. The university’s volunteer groups established the volunteer center to help the underserved communities. (Akiko Abe/UNV, 2011)
Bonn, Germany: UNV is doing a number of things to support response and recovery efforts following Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. UNV is supporting the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Manila, where two UN Volunteers are now assigned. It is working with UNCT to facilitate the rapid mobilization of UN Volunteers if necessary and UNV's Online Volunteering service posted opportunities for online volunteers to geo-tag thousands of twitter messages and images of the areas affected by the typhoon to map the urgent needs of the population. Read
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[PRESS RELEASE] New agreement between Comisión Cascos Blancos (White Helmets Commission) and UNV
21 June 2012
Flavia Pansieri (left), UNV Executive Coordinator, and Gabriel Fuks, Ambassador of the White Helmets Commission, during the signing of the agreement at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. (UNV, 2012)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: A new agreement between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Comisión Cascos Blancos (White Helmets Commission) of Argentina was signed today at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. The agreement will strengthen both organizations’ capacity to respond, through volunteerism, to disasters and emergencies rapidly and effectively. Read

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