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The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul on 23-24 May 2016, as a global call to action by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, intended to reinvigorate a commitment to humanity in times of crisis. Read More
The critical role of volunteers as first responders
25 May 2016
Istanbul, Turkey: The critical role of volunteers as first responders in emergencies and crises was the topic of a side event that was held on 23 May on the sidelines of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. The panel discussion was jointly held by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Read
  Volunteer voices    
Officers of armed groups attend a sensitization session led by Madina Dia  (Senegal) (right), UNV Electoral Advisor with MINUSCA's Electoral Assistance Division, Bambari Regional Office. (MINUSCA, 2015)
Former combatants stand for election after civic education by UN Volunteer in CAR
25 May 2016
Central African Republic: Madina Dia is a UN Volunteer Electoral Advisor with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. She worked with local elections authorities to develop strategies for a peaceful election in December 2015. Following sensitization campaigns and training on the role of elections as the legal means to access power, independent legislative candidates from armed groups registered to serve their country. Read
Powering peacekeeping operations in Côte d’Ivoire
24 May 2016
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire: Ba Abdu is a UN Volunteer Generator Mechanic Supervisor with the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI). He works on maintenance and repair of generator units in different parts of the country. Ba’s work contributes to making the mission’s mandate possible. Power supply allows for public information to reach the communities, for example, or for people to be able to vote in remote areas. Read
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