Volunteering Matters campaign launch story
Internationally acclaimed singer dedicates song to volunteers worldwide as UN General Assembly prepares for landmark volunteerism discussion. You can post this story on your website and share it with your counterparts, volunteers, and the media.
- Photo 1 – Caption: UN Volunteers make a lot of the UN’s work happen. Photo: Nicolas Josserand, Bolivia (2010).
- Photo 2 – Caption: Internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo dedicates a song to volunteers worldwide. Photo: Nigel Garvey, 2011.
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Volunteering Matters public service announcement (PSA)
This features internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo stating why volunteering matters to her and dedicating a song to volunteers of the world. (Length: 1 minute 16 seconds)
Volunteering Matters weekly campaign videos
Each week, during the campaign, a new video will appear on the Volunteering Matters campaign page. You will be able to upload the videos here:
- Week one video: Volunteering Matters
Volunteering is universal and award-winning singer, Angelique Kidjo, is among the millions who volunteer their time every year to help improve the lives of others. As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Ms. Kidjo travels to some of the world’s poorest places. Listen as she recounts some of her experiences and why volunteering matters to her and to the future of our planet.
Week one web version
Week one presentation version
- Week two video: Changing lives
Volunteering can transform lives and influence processes of recovery and political change. Meet in this video Sath Maes, a young Cambodian for whom becoming a volunteer meant a radical life change. And also meet, UN Volunteer Gregory Lavender, committed to creating the space for Cambodia’s youth to be heard and participate in the life of their country.
Week two web version
Week two presentation version
- Week three video: Volunteering comes to the fore during a crisis
In every country, every day people volunteer. It is part of what makes us human. When people face crises, though, volunteerism comes to the fore. UNV’s Chief of Peace Division, Kevin Gilroy, speaks about how UN Volunteers respond to crisis, most recently in the world’s newest country, South Sudan.
Week three web version
Week three presentation version
- Week four video: The potential of volunteering to help countries meet peace and development goals is huge, says UNV’s Chief of Development Division, Ghulam M. Isaczai. Governments and development practitioners can tap into this potential by better recognizing the power of volunteerism and by creating the conditions for it to grow. For example, in Nepal, a Government programme involving 50,000 volunteers has help reduce maternal mortality by half.
Week four web version
Week four presentation version