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Through volunteerism and volunteer action, UNV works for peace and development around the world. Here are some examples of how we do it.
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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
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CIVICUS launches State of Civil Society Report 2014 with UNV contribution
06 June 2014
In Astana, Kazakhstan, UN Youth Volunteer for Community Development Han Na Kim (left, Republic of Korea) and Aizada Arystanbek (middle), a national Student volunteer, support the MY World offline roll-out on International Youth Day by helping members of the public fill in the MyWorld survey.  (Ji Hyun Yang/UNV Kazakhstan, 2013)
CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society leaders which advocates for citizen participation, recentlly launched its State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance.  A UNV paper on Volunteerism, civic engagement and the post-2015 agenda was among more than 30 contributions to the report from the world’s leading experts on civil society as well as inputs from CIVICUS members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance. Read

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UNV’s Youth Volunteering Strategy
17 July 2014
UNV’s youth volunteering strategy, Empowering Youth through Volunteerism, reflects the call of the Five-Year Action Agenda of the Secretary-General of the United Nations (announced 25th January 2012) for the design of an adequate and well-structured youth volunteering programme. In its turn, UNV’s strategy takes into account youth’s positive energy, creativity and multi-dimensional potential, while addressing the challenges which could impede them (high unemployment rates, inequality, poverty, etc.) In a serious attempt to balance out strengths and advantages against weaknesses and disadvantages, the document sets consistent principles and approaches toward enhancing youth volunteerism. The strategy was developed in close coordination with UNV’s Strategic Framework 2014-2017 and features specific outcomes to be achieved. Read
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