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UNIC, UNV and ACCORD mark International Day of Peace with students in Pretoria
23 September 2016
To mark the International Day of Peace on 21 September Ambrose Toolit, UNV Programme Officer with the UNV Field Unit in South Africa joined with colleagues from UNIC Pretoria and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes in addressing area students about the Sustainable Development Goals and role young people have to play in promoting peace. (UNIC Pretoria, 2016)
Pretoria, South Africa: To commemorate the International Day of Peace, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Pretoria partnered with UN Volunteers and the African Centre for Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) to educate learners on peace and its link to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Read
Countries:  South Africa
The meaning of empathy and resilience
21 September 2016
Mauro Puzzo (Italy) is a UN Volunteer Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. (UNV, 2016)
Bor, South Sudan: I am Mauro from Italy. After serving as a UN Youth Volunteer in The Gambia last year, I now serve as a UNV Human Rights Officer in South Sudan. My main task is to monitor, investigate, and report on human rights violations in Jonglei State, the biggest region of the country. From our base here, we also take part in overnight Integrated Team (IT) Field Missions. Read
Countries:  South Sudan
Ensuring safety of air operations in South Sudan
25 August 2016
UN Volunteer Khurshid Dilresh (second from left) carries out basic firefighting training for Fire Safety Assistants. (UNV, 2015)
Juba, South Sudan: I am working as a UN Volunteer Fire Safety Officer with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. During the civil unrest of 2013, I remained in the mission throughout that period to ensure the safe operation of UNMISS air assets. It was a time when everybody in the mission worked tirelessly to relocate casualties from conflict areas across the country to save human lives. Read
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Assisting in the development of the rule of law
11 August 2016
Miguel Mateos Muñoz (centre), from Spain, was an international UN Youth Volunteer serving as Monitoring and Reporting Officer with the Office of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). His UN Youth Volunteer assignment was fully funded by the Government of Spain. (UNV, 2016)
Haiti: My experience in Haiti provided me with holistic knowledge of the work of the UN entities in the field. Moreover, it helped me to understand the weight of factors such as history and international dynamics in the unfair situation faced by developing countries as well as the need of a strong civil society to overcome it. Operating in a highly stressful situation was challenging, but made more resilient and mature, and taught me the importance of being objective, fair and serene in this kind of environment. Read
Countries:  Haiti
Bringing hope and social cohesion in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire
01 August 2016
Maria Zamani served as UN Volunteer head of the public information office of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI). (UNV, 2016)
Daloa, Côte d’Ivoire: I served as UN Volunteer head of the public information office of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) in Daloa, the third largest city of the country. My duty was to use all public information means to create a peaceful environment, to build confidence and help the people of the region fulfil their dreams of peace and reconstruction in an environment of stability, security and cohesion. Read
Countries:  Côte d'Ivoire

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