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Jordan: a UN Online Volunteer among the Young African Leaders
29 December 2014
UN Online Volunteer, Jordan Sera from Côte d’Ivoire
Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire: In June 2014, 500 highly qualified and committed young Africans arrived in the United States to participate in the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Among them was UN Online Youth Volunteer Jordan Sera from Côte d’Ivoire. Launched by President Barack Obama in 2010,YALI is a United States Department of State initiative aimed at educating and promoting networking among young African leaders. This includes a fellowship to study in the United States for several weeks. Read
Developing youth capacity on participatory citizenship and human rights
10 December 2014
Capacity-building session on human rights at the Riui Barcelo da Cunha High School in Bissau. (UNV, 2014)
Bissau, Guinea-Bissau: After the military coup of April 2012, all the socio-economic indicators of Guinea Bissau experienced a setback. Strikes in crucial sectors such as education, health care and transportation paralyzed the country. During the annual retreat of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Guinea Bissau in May 2013, UN Volunteers decided to plan some activities to contribute - through volunteerism - to the improvement of the situation in the country, weakened by yet another disruption to the democratic cycle. Read
Mobile Legal Aid Clinics – Vehicles of Empowerment and Justice in The Gambia
08 December 2014
The Gambia: “Since you came, life in this village has changed.”

This is what the Seyfo (chief of the district) said to welcome us when our Mobile Legal Aid Clinics Team visited his village for the second time this year. His thanks were echoed by the Security Officer of the District Tribunal, who said that “now I know my powers and I can help the community.” The Seyfo himself had greatly benefited from our advice, and had returned for the second time with a new list of concerns.  We were astonished when he proudly referred to some of the clients that we had advised last April: “Kebbah has gotten the land back that was taken away from him illegally... Omar is now sleeping again in his house... Aminatta is divorced from the husband that abandoned her and he is now paying for the maintenance of the children that he neglected.”

Countries:  Gambia  Italy
Youth volunteers help organize COP20 to advance to a new climate change protocol
28 November 2014
A team of 10 national UN Volunteers has trained more than 1,200 youth volunteers who will help organize COP20. (UNV, 2014)
Lima, Peru: During the first two weeks of December, the eyes of the world will be on Lima, Peru, in order to follow the COP20, an event of utmost importance in terms of negotiation in order to advance to a new climate change protocol in Paris next year. A team of 10 national UN Volunteers has trained more than 1,200 youth volunteers who will be active during the event, especially in the “Voices for Climate” fair, in which Peru, as host country for COP20, will welcome domestic and foreign visitors. Read
Countries:  Peru
Other languages: en español  
Youth unemployment: The foresight experience in Kosovo
14 November 2014
Prishtina, Kosovo: From my very first day working as a UN Youth Volunteer as part of UNDP’s Inclusive Growth Team in Kosovo, I started to realize that all the statistics showing high levels of unemployment, particularly among youth, are hiding the true and disturbing extent of this issue. With more than 35 percent of young Kosovars neither having a job nor going to school, they grow impatient, pessimistic about their chances to have a decent life, and frustrated with not being heard. Read
Training of Trainers on Volunteerism to promote youth civic engagement
10 November 2014
Amman, Jordan: United Nations for Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme are pleased to announce the launch of a joint volunteer management Training of Trainers (TOT) in Amman. The workshop brings together 20 youth associations and civil society organizations from different Arab countries to share experiences and lessons learned on how youth volunteerism can be harnessed to contribute to promoting peace and sustainable development. Read
Countries:  Jordan
Other languages: en français  
UNV Guidance Note: Establishing a Youth Volunteer Scheme
04 November 2014
Establishing a Youth Volunteer Scheme is a guidance note developed based on lessons learned and good practice from UNV field experiences in working with national partners to establish youth volunteer schemes.  The publication builds on these experiences to describe in general lines the process for establishing a youth volunteer schemes. Read
Young Ecuadorians define the new Post-2015 development agenda
31 October 2014
International UN Youth Volunteer Lena Priesemann (centre) during discussions with children at a World Water Day event in Quito. (UNV, 2014)
Quito, Ecuador: During my year in Ecuador, I met a lot of people, above all young people who are committed to fighting for a better world. I started my assignment in July 2013 to support the national consultations on the definition of the Post-2015 development agenda in Ecuador. The consultations were carried out under the slogan “The World We Want beyond 2015”. Read
More about: MDGs: General
Countries:  Ecuador
Young volunteers engage communities to combat Ebola
13 October 2014
Young volunteers are helping to prevent the transmission of Ebola by distributing soap and chlorine amongst communities. (UNV, 2014)
Conakry, Guinea: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, together with a consortium of Guinean youth organizations, is carrying out sensitization campaigns about Ebola prevention measures in communities around the country. Young volunteers are helping to prevent the transmission of Ebola by distributing soap and chlorine, showing community members how to thoroughly wash their hands and avoid contact with possible Ebola patients, as well as explaining what to do and where to go if one suspects having symptoms of the disease. Read
More about: Health
Countries:  Guinea
Other languages: en français  en español  
UNV signs project document with the African Union Commission
30 September 2014
“With this partnership and project, UNV is tangibly supporting the African Union Commission’s powerful vision and helping it reach its ambitious goals,” said UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus (right) during the signing. (Céline Bolton/UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the African Union Commission (AUC) today signed a project document on enhancing the African Union Youth Volunteer Corps for peace and development in Africa. The project is based on the previous understanding where both organizations committed to harmonizing efforts to promote volunteering as a catalyst for advancing socio-economic development. Read
Countries:  Germany

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