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“Making the world a better place” to celebrate Mandela Day in Sudan
22 July 2016
UN Volunteers participated alongside MTN Sudan Telco volunteers and community volunteers in an activity to establish a “Nelson Mandela” recreation area in a Khartoum Children's Hospital. (UNV, 2016)
Khartoum, Sudan:
“We can change the world and make it a better place. It is in your hands to make a difference”. Building on these words by Nelson Mandela, UN Volunteers celebrated Mandela Day 2016 in Sudan by trying to improve life for kids in the Jaffar Ebn Aouf Pediatric Hospital in Khartoum.
More about: Children  Health
Countries:  Sudan
Volunteer network created to promote social participation and solidarity
01 July 2016
UNV Brazil and the State of Minas Gerais, through the Department of Human Rights, Social Participation and Citizenship, sign an agreement to create a Volunteer Network for the promotion of social participation and collective solidarity. (UNV, 2016)
Minas Gerais, Brazil: UNV Brazil and the State of Minas Gerais, through the Department of Human Rights, Social Participation and Citizenship, have signed an agreement to establish a Volunteer Network in Minas Gerais. The project seeks to promote the creation, structuring and implementation of a Volunteer Network in Minas Gerais to contribute to the promotion of social participation and collective solidarity for local transformation. Read
Countries:  Brazil
International Volunteer Day 2015
03 December 2015
Bonn, Germany: IVD 2015, “Your world is changing. Are you? Volunteer!” starts a dialogue about how volunteerism is vital to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We are challenging everyone to think about how they can make a difference in implementing the 2030 Agenda. On IVD 2015, we celebrate volunteers everywhere who are already making a difference in a changing world, showing the power of volunteerism to move towards sustainable development. Read
UNV and Germany strengthen their partnership
20 November 2015
UNV Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus (right), and the Head of the UN Division from BMZ, Simon Koppers, sign a cost sharing agreement to support a global multi-stakeholder partnership for Online Volunteering. (UNV, 2015)
Bonn, Germany: United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus, and the Head of the UN Division from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Simon Koppers, engaged in a strategic partner dialogue, with the aim of strengthening collaboration and exploring further partnering opportunities, in particular in the context of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Read
Integrating volunteering in the next decade
11 September 2015
Lago Agrio, Ecuador. At Albergue Apafano, a shelter for people displaced from Colombia, UN Volunteers Pilar Peña from Costa Rica and Ecuadorian national Alexandra Mendoza address colleagues from UNHCR and the Ecuadorian Red Cross. Collaboration among volunteers and partner organizations helps achieve best results. (Andrew Smith / United Nations Volunteers, 2009)
New York, USA: At the upcoming seventieth session of the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General will report to Member States on progress on volunteerism since 2012, and present a proposed Plan of Action for the next decade and beyond (2016-2030).

The Plan of Action aims at integrating volunteering in peace and development policies and programmes through a strategic and collective long-term approach that matches the period of SDG implementation. It provides a frame through which civil society, the UN and other stakeholders can support and leverage the potential of volunteerism worldwide.


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