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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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UNV and Government of Hong Kong SAR launch new initiative to support youth volunteerism
19 January 2015
Hong Kong and Bonn: UNV and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced the establishment of the "Hong Kong – United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme".  Starting in 2015, outstanding undergraduate university students in Hong Kong will have the opportunity to serve as UN Youth University Volunteers for six months at the field offices of UN agencies in Southeast Asian countries. The two-year pilot scheme for 2015-2016 is made possible by funding provided by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Its implementation will be supported by Hong Kong-based NGOs: Agency for Volunteer Service; Peace and Development Foundation; and the Hong Kong Volunteers Association. Read
[Press Release] UNV and the Government of Hong Kong SAR launch new joint initiative to support youth volunteerism
14 January 2015
Hong Kong and Bonn: UNV and the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) announced today the establishment of the "Hong Kong – United Nations Youth Volunteers Programme".  The two-year pilot scheme for 2015-2016 is made possible by funding provided by the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of Hong Kong SAR. Starting in 2015, outstanding undergraduate university students in Hong Kong will have the opportunity to serve as UN Youth University Volunteers for six months at the field offices of UN agencies in Southeast Asian countries. Read
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