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Volunteering the future: A call to arms
16 October 2014
Photo: Zaven Khachikyan/UNDP in Armenia.
Bonn, Germany: During a recent visit to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Istanbul, we discussed at length the many natural synergies between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and UNDP's development work in Europe and Central Asia. We agreed that for UNV and for UNDP, the critical element is inclusion. To be truly inclusive, we will have to work harder to reach women, minorities, and other vulnerable groups. Volunteerism can be an essential part of that reach. Read
UNV signs Memorandum of Understanding with Action Aid Denmark
30 September 2014
UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus (right) and Anette Munk Sørensen, Head of Training for Change, Action Aid Denmark, sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the UNV Partnerships Forum 2014. (Céline Bolton/UNV, 2014)
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Action Aid Denmark reaffirmed their longstanding partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the sidelines of the UNV Partnerships Forum 2014. In 2014 Action Aid Denmark and UNV agreed to engage in new areas of collaboration, including capacity building and training of UN Volunteers, as well as local UNV partners and collaborators, such as civil society organizations and youth, and developing joint learning content. The MOU will provide a framework for this new cooperation between both organizations. Read
Countries:  Denmark  Germany
CIVICUS launches State of Civil Society Report 2014 with UNV contribution
06 June 2014
UNV is among the contributors to the CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report 2014 having submitted a paper on volunteerism, civic engagement and the post 2015 agenda.
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
Reflecting on 250 UN Volunteers helping peaceful development in Liberia
03 June 2014
Aktar Uddin, UNV Advocacy Officer, from Bangladesh, is among 250 UN Volunteers assigned in various capacities to help sustain peace and return capacity to Liberia after years of civil war. Photo: UNMIL 2014
Monrovia, Liberia: UN Volunteer Aktar Uddin, from Bangladesh, a UNV Advocacy Officer with UNMIL reflects on his experiences in Liberia where he is among 250 UN Volunteers helping sustain peace and return capacity to the country after years of conflict.  Read
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Countries:  Bangladesh  Liberia
Working towards peace and democracy
29 May 2014
On United Nations Day, UN Volunteer Chantal Raharimalala, from Madagascar, presents her work as UNV Civil Affairs Officer. (UNV, 2014)
Toulepleu, Côte d'Ivoire: Chantal Raharimalala is from Madagascar. Since July 2012, she is working in Toulepleu, not far from the border between Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia. It’s her fourth posting as a UN Volunteer in Côte d’Ivoire, where she has been serving since 2007. Her career, which has evolved in parallel to the country’s political situation, is a perfect example of the multiple facets and responsibilities of UN Volunteers who work for peacebuilding and democracy. Read

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