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UN Secretary-General emphasizes power of youth volunteers at 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games
27 August 2014
Before taking part in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games in China, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon (second from right) participated in a panel discussion on youth volunteering for development, co-organized by the All-China Youth Federation and the UN System in China. Shown here from left to right: Mr. Chen Jun, President of Nanjing University, Mr. Qin Yizhi, First Secretary of the All-China Youth Federation, the UNSG, and Mr. Xu Ming, Vice-Governor of Jiangsu Province. (Paolo Figueiras/UNHQ, 2014)
Beijing, China: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and the UNSG’s Envoy for Youth, Ahmad Alhendawi, visited Nanjing, China to attend the opening ceremony of the Nanjing 2014 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games. During an interactive panel discussion at Nanjing University with 200 Chinese youth volunteers and representatives of youth organizations from other countries, the UNSG called on youth to recognize the power they had to reduce world poverty and make further advances in sustainable development.   Read
Countries:  China
Leadership camp for young volunteers concludes in Tunisia
21 August 2014
Tunis, Tunisia: Tunisia: Since its inception, the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project, part of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme’s flagship UN Youth Volunteering Programme, has worked to empower youth in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen to participate meaningfully in socio-economic development through volunteerism. Read
UN Youth Volunteers give new breath to community initiative
12 August 2014
UN Youth Volunteer Margaret Hmangte provides speech therapy to Paumuanlian, a 10-year-old child with speech impairment. (UNV, 2014)
Churachandpur, India: In the district of Churachandpur, one of the remotest tribal areas of Manipur, India, there are little services for persons with disabilities and a lack of trained rehabilitation professionals. Four UN Youth Volunteers are bridging this gap by collaborating with the local community and helping them to run a school where physio-, speech- and language-therapy is provided to children with special needs. Read
Countries:  India
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Can youth change the world?
12 August 2014
Photo © Manfred Gottschall, 1975
Bonn, Germany: We know, from working with thousands of young volunteers over the course of UNV's 40-year history, that young people are creative, passionate, and energetic. When applied to tackling the world’s leading peace and development challenges, there’s no limit to the innovative solutions that they can come up with. With our new UN Youth Volunteers Programme, we’re helping our UN partners to harness the power and potential of young people to achieve lasting development results. Starting on International Youth Day 2014, UNV is celebrating different youth heroes each week to show that you’re never too young to change the world. We’ll be posting a new inspiring profile at least once a week for 8 weeks. Make sure that you follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page! Happy International Youth Day! Read
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Recognizing youth volunteerism, an achievement in support of development
12 August 2014
The United Nations Information Centre in Colombia spoke with the winners of the National Youth Volunteers Award in the areas of education and human rights, who discussed their work. (UNIC Colombia, 2014)
Bogotá, Colombia: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Colombia promotes youth participation in volunteer activities that favour peace and development, and encourages volunteers to apply for the National Youth Volunteers Award. This award, created by the Presidential Programme for Colombian Youth in collaboration with UNV, aims to recognize and support volunteer initiatives driven by Colombian youth that strive to solve the country’s social problems. Read
Countries:  Colombia
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Recognizing the volunteer work of university students for development
12 August 2014
Lena Priesemann (right), international UN Youth Volunteer working with UNDP on Youth Networks and Volunteering in Quito, shakes hands with David Ruano, a volunteer who also participated in the MY World Global Week of Action. (UNV, 2014)
Quito, Ecuador: In July 2014, a certificate awards ceremony was held for students from several universities in Quito who volunteered during the MY World Global Week of Action. The awards ceremony was held to recognize the volunteer work of the students who provided their time, energy, commitment, and availability to distribute the MY World open survey, which aims to identify the priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Read
Countries:  Ecuador
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Why become a United Nations Volunteer?
12 August 2014
Andrea Giaretta, UN Youth Volunteer with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Guatemala, shares data with participants in the Food Security group through the dedicated website of the WFP. Andrea's work with the WFP is to support coordination between the various actors working in the field of Food Security. Much of this work involves collecting and managing data so that it is always current and can be shared among the various actors. According to Andrea, "the importance of this type of work grows during emergencies, when the coordination of activities among the various actors can help save more lives." (UNV, 2014)
Guatemala City, Guatemala: After my master’s degree in economics, I decided to change my career perspective to work in the humanitarian sector, in cooperation and development. I had two objectives: to fulfil the dream of knowing new cultures and countries, and to contribute, even in a small part, to improving the living conditions of people in developing countries. This altruistic motivation is what moved me to become a UN Youth Volunteer. Read
Countries:  Guatemala
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LGBTQ+ community in Moldova - a new social movement?
12 August 2014
Pride - the second LGBT Pride march in history that takes place in Chisinau. Pride showed how broad - from different people, different organizations and institutions - the support is. (UNV, 2014)
Chisinau, Moldova: "The LGBTQ+ community in Moldova has the potential to act as a catalyst of social reform, similar to other civil rights movements from the past. LGBTQ+ rights in Moldova have the potential to be a connecting theme for a real new social movement," says Josef Šmída, a UN Youth Volunteer with the UN Human Rights Adviser (HRA) in Chisinau, supporting human rights-based development and no discrimination in Moldova. Read
More about: Human rights
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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
Countries:  Ukraine
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Fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples
12 August 2014
UN Youth Volunteer/UNV Human Rights Officer Fanny Declercq (Belgium, right) prepares folders with documentation on The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ILO Convention No. 169 to share with beneficiaries in Bolivia. Fanny shared information about their rights and the duties of the state and of mining companies. (UNV, 2013)
La Paz, Bolivia: During my one-year assignment in Bolivia as a UN Youth Volunteer, I worked at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) within the Indigenous Peoples Unit. I became familiar with the rights of indigenous peoples in a country where 42% of the population identify themselves as indigenous. Read
Countries:  Bolivia
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