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First regional meeting of youth volunteer networks in Latin America
09 September 2016
Emilio José Guzón González, national UN Volunteer, participates in the group dynamics during the event. (UNV, 2016)
Cuenca, Ecuador:
In August 2016, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Ecuador organized the first Regional Meeting of Youth Volunteer Networks, in collaboration with the Municipality of Cuenca. The event brought together 155 participants from Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru and Guatemala. It aimed to promote the exchange of experiences and best practices among youth volunteer organizations and networks in Latin America that work on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
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Countries:  Ecuador
UNV and COMESA sign MOU for COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme
31 August 2016
(From left to right) UNV EC Richard Dictus and Amb. Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, ASG of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed the MOU to establish the COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme. The signing ceremony was held in Nairobi, Kenya on 26 August 2016, prior to TICAD VI. (Photo: UNV)
Nairobi, Kenya: During a side event preceeding TICAD VI, Richard Dictus, the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Assistant Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) towards establishing the COMESA Youth Volunteer Scheme (COMESA-YVS). Read
Countries:  Kenya
Realizing Africa’s demographic dividends for Agenda 2063 through volunteerism
29 August 2016
Some of the participants at the UNV/AUC Pre-TICAD Youth Workshop led by (front row, right to left, from 5th to 7th from right respectively) UNV ROA Manager Tapiwa Kamuruko, AUC Head of Youth Division, Ms. Prudence Ngwenya and Dr. Tuesday Gichuki, Executive Director of the Africa Peace Service Corps. (UNV Kenya Field Unit, 2016)
Nairobi, Kenya: Africa needs a people-led development pathway that puts the role of youth at the core of the continental development agenda concludes joint UNV and Africa Union Commission side event to TICAD VI held in Nairobi in August 2016. Read
Countries:  Kenya
Volunteering for Change in Chhattisgarh
03 August 2016
National UN Volunteer Anil Kumar Mishra is a UNV-District Youth Coordinator (UNV-DYC) in Sarguja, Chhattisgarh (UNV, 2016)
Chhattisgarh, India: The Strengthening Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) project and National Service Scheme (NSS) comprise one of the world’s largest youth volunteering schemes and together reach out to over 11 million young people in India. National UN Volunteer Anil Kumar Mishra is a UNV-District Youth Coordinator (UNV-DYC) in Sarguja, Chhattisgarh, where his responsibilities include reaching out to out-of-school, marginalized youth in the district. Read
Countries:  India
Supporting ethnic cohesion and social well-being in Kosovo
19 July 2016
Kosovo: A UNV-supported initiative in 2015 empowered young men and women from the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community in Kosovo to start their own social entrepreneurship initiatives and advocate for community needs as “Changemakers”.  Read

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