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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)
UN Secretary-General emphasizes power of youth volunteers at 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympic Games
27 August 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
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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. National UN Volunteer, Hamza Tidjani Ousmane (centre), WASH Officer with UNHCR, plays a key role in explaining and showing refugees how important hygiene is to prevent epidemics. (Rakotondrazafy A. M. Ny Aina/UNV, 2104)
World Humanitarian Day: UN Volunteers advance humanitarian work around the world
19 August 2014
Bonn, Germany: World Humanitarian Day was designated by the General Assembly to coincide with the anniversary of the 2003 bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. It is a Day to commemorate all people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world. UNV joins the world in recognizing those who face danger and adversity in order to help others. Read
  International Youth Day 2014    
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. This year, Youth Day is addressing the issue of Youth and Mental Health with the slogan “Mental Health Matters”. For this Youth Day, UNV is drawing special attention to those young people who, through volunteerism, are enjoying the mental health benefits, sense of accomplishment and inclusion that volunteering brings. Read
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