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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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Recognizing and advancing local sustainable development
12 August 2014
UN Youth Volunteer Marta Gutiérrez (left) with Manuela Omari Ima, Community Coordinator of the Association of Waorani Women of the Ecuadorian Amazon (AMWAE), during the volunteer’s interview of AMWAE members for the production of a documentary film. (UNV, 2014)
Quito, Ecuador: As a UN Youth Volunteer in Gender Analysis, assigned to the UNDP Office of the Resident Coordinator in Quito, Ecuador, I support and advise the Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Country Team on gender-related advocacy, communications and resource mobilization. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Ecuador
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Management of solid waste for sustainable development
12 August 2014
UN Volunteers who are part of the PEI project in Arequipa, Peru, demonstrate how to correctly separate solid waste. By using games for the demonstration, they caught the attention of people attending an environmental fair in Arequipa. (UNV Peru, 2014)
Arequipa, Peru: Improving waste management is the main goal of the UNDP-UNEP Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) ‘Integrated Management of Solid Waste for Sustainable and Inclusive Development’, which has involved UNV since 2013. UNV intends to use its involvement in PEI to utilize the potential of volunteerism, as well as the engagement of young people, to enhance the social and environmental impact of the project. Read
Countries:  Peru
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Fostering employment and discouraging illegal immigration
12 August 2014
Young job seekers take advantage of the newly opened CISO Centre in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Elizabeth Siebenmann/UNV, 2011)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: The Youth Employability and Retention or, as it was commonly known, YERP programme, aimed to offer young people new entry points to the job market and at the same time discourage their illegal emigration, to prevent the drain of valuable resources from the country. With 24 national UN Volunteers, UNV played a pivotal role to utilize volunteerism as a linkage between education and the labour market, supporting the government, the public employment system and civil society with an integrated package of youth employability measures. Read
UNV official message for International Youth Day 2014
12 August 2014
Shakeeb Ahmed Khan, UN Youth Volunteer physiotherapist, and Sangboi, a local volunteer, provide balancing training to Elizabeth Chawngzamawi, a child with cerebral palsy. (UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: Today, on International Youth Day 2014, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme joins the world in celebrating the role of young women and men as partners for positive change. Please join us in celebrating the millions of young volunteers around the world who, whatever their circumstances, are doing their share, and more, to improve the lives of those around them. Read

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