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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
More about: Civil society
Countries:  Côte d'Ivoire
Ready for action: UN Volunteers check preparedness of UN peacekeeping troops
29 May 2014
Daniel Amoyaw Asamoah, a UN Volunteer from Ghana, serves with the Contingent-Owned Equipment section. He regularly inspects MONUSCO bases in DRC, making sure peacekeepers have adequate and well-functioning equipment so that they are ready for action at any given time. (UNV, 2014)
Democratic Republic of the Congo: Peacekeeping troops of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) must be ready to take action at any time and under any circumstances, if necessary, under the peacekeeping mandate of the United Nations in DRC. Three UN Volunteers make sure this is the case. Deployed with the Contingent-Owned Equipment (COE) section of MONUSCO, four times per year they inspect its bases in Katalé, Tongo, Kiwanja, Nyamilima and Ishasha. Read
UNV Field Engineer coaches football to build Haitian youth and MINUSTAH facilities
29 May 2014
UNV Field Engineer Magloire Buffalo-Bill (UK) with MINUSTAH coaches football after work to vulnerable Haitian boys and girls. Photo:  A. Adoum Goulgué-UN/MINUSTAH, 2014
Port-au-Prince, Haiti: By day, UNV Field Engineer Officer Magloire Buffalo-Bill provides engineering support and services to MINUSTAH and its clients. After work, he turns his builder's skills to coaching football to vulnerable Haitian boys and girls so they can shore up their fitness and athletic ability on the playing field. Read
More about: Youth
Countries:  Haiti
Official Message from the United Nations Volunteers on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
29 May 2014
UNV action team at Kissy Hospital, Sierra Leone. (UNV, 2008)
Bonn, Germany: Today is a day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their professionalism, dedication and courage, and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace.

Of the almost 19,000 non-uniformed members of personnel who are currently serving in UN peacekeeping missions all over the world, nationals and internationals combined, over 2,000 are UN Volunteers. Read
"If I have given a lot as a volunteer, I have received so much more in return from the experience"
07 March 2014
UN Volunteer Annie Michèle Wabo talking about social cohesion during an awareness-raising campaign. (UNV, 2013)
Duekoue, Côte d’Ivoire: As a UNV Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire, I work to restore the State’s authority and social cohesion, to promote national reconciliation through peaceful management of conflicts, as well as to raise awareness about the culture of peace and to organize intercommunity dialogue sessions. As a UN Volunteer, I am proud to have made a modest contribution to development and to restoring peace in the world through the missions in which I have served. Read
More about: Gender
Countries:  Côte d'Ivoire

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