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Reducing poverty by improving the environment
05 June 2014
National UN Volunteers have received training to conduct activities aimed at changing attitudes about and practices related to waste reduction and management. (UNV, 2014)
Lima, Peru: Due to high industrialization and urbanization rates, solid waste has increased by 40 per cent in Peru over the last decade, negatively impacting the environment and people’s health. National UN Volunteers have been reinforcing community level resilience and strengthening civil society by conducting activities aimed at changing attitudes about and practices related to waste reduction and management. Read
Making changes through education
23 April 2014
Mirsade Salihu (right) teaches a literacy and numeracy class for girls at The Ideas Partnership’s Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje centre. As Salihu describes it, her passion for education and learning never left, but she was abruptly forced to halt her studies during the region's conflict of the 1990s. “I woke up when I started my education again,” she says. And her excitement to jump back into learning seems to translate into her teaching, for which she clearly has a natural aptitude. (Sarah Murphy, 2014)
Fushë Kosovë/Kosovo Polje, Kosovo: Inside the classroom, ten young teenage girls sit among four rows of old wooden tables. Pens in hand and eyes on the blackboard, the girls are oblivious to the laughter and community chatter emanating from the street outside. Their teacher is Mirsade Salihu. A 36-year-old mother of three and active member of her local community, Salihu is one of the volunteers that is part of a project supported by UNV and implemented by The Ideas Partnership to empower Roma/Ashkali/Egyptian communities in Kosovo. Read
The power of engagement: gender, volunteerism and governance in the post-2015 development agenda
20 March 2014
Rosemary Kalapurakal, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, chaired the event. (UNV/Joel Sheakoski, 2014)
New York, USA: On 18 March, a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme side event to the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW58) discussed findings and experiences on ways to ensure that women’s participation in public life through volunteerism breaks barriers of gender stereotypes and ensures more sustainable and more equitable development outcomes as the post-2015 agenda takes shape. The event was attended by more than 100 participants, including UN agencies, civil society organizations and numerous member states. Read
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Writing her way to the future
08 March 2014
Hateme Krasniqi, an Ashkali woman in her mid-30s, keeps her eyes on the tip of her pencil as she carefully writes her name during the weekly class offered to neighbourhood women by The Ideas Partnership. (Sarah Murphy, 2014)
Fushe Kosove, Kosovo: A success story from a United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) component within a UN Joint project in Kosovo funded by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security and implemented by The Ideas Partnership. Read
Contributing to a more inclusive and happy world
08 March 2014
Tom Van Den Steen, international UN Volunteer specialist with the UNDP Articulation of Territorial Networks Programme, has worked on issues related to gender and human development in land planning and management in Ecuador. (UNV, 2014)
Quito, Ecuador: To be a volunteer is to be flexible, to be open to contributing your skills and enthusiasm to new opportunities. This is how I’ve had some of the most rewarding experiences of my assignment, helping ART/UNDP and UNV to organize post-2015 consultations. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to go beyond the expected and contribute to a more inclusive and happy world. Read
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