International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 2017
On the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, UNV joins the global celebration around United Nations peacekeeping and this year’s theme, “Investing in peace around the world.”
Around a third of all UN Volunteers worldwide are deployed in peacekeeping operations. Over the last 25 years, more than 14,000 UN Volunteers have been deployed to support peace processes in more than 40 peacekeeping and political UN missions, as well as UN peacebuilding offices, around the world. They ensured access to basic social services, including education, primary health care, justice and administrative services to local communities in remote areas amid ongoing conflict.
Below you can find a collection of stories that showcase the positive impact of UNV and UN Volunteers in order to build a truly sustainable peace.
Statement by the UNV Executive Coordinator Olivier Adam on the occasion of the International Day of UN Peacekeepers
This year’s theme, calling Member States to invest in peace, comes at a particularly relevant time. In a world where most humanitarian crises are triggered by complex conflicts, resources invested in peace have to produce results while increasing their efficiency. This would mean more investment in conflict prevention but also an effort to build on successful experiences... Read more
The role of UN Volunteers in the future of peacekeeping, by Caecilia Van Peski
On a global scale, peace remains largely an elusive goal often negatively portrayed as merely the absence of violence. The work carried out by UN Volunteers, however, clearly demonstrates that there is much, much more to peace. The unique nature of their engagement in peacebuilding is characterized by solidarity, a will to initiate positive change from within... Read more
UN Volunteers - 25 years supporting peace
This video showcases how, over the last 25 years, thousands of UN Volunteers have been supporting democratic elections in the most critical transitions around the world, from Cambodia in 1992 to Timor-Leste in 1999 to post-Taliban Afghanistan in 2004 to South Sudan’s referendum of independence in 2011.
UN Volunteer Anna Innocenti describes her experience in MINUSTAH
In this video produced by the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO), UN Volunteer Anna Innocenti describes her experience as a human rights officer serving with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), a peacekeeping mission that will close in October and will be replaced by the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
Voices from the field
|Hanan Ahmed is a UNV international civil engineer volunteer (Ethiopia) on assignment with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). Based in Goma in the eastern part... Read more||Miguel Mateos Muñoz 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)... Read more|
|Nadia Ammi is a UN Volunteer responsible for ensuring there is liaison between the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and UNESCO. She is the "go to" person for heritage safeguarding projects... Read more||David Bzhania is a UN Voluntter serving as a technician for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). He implemented a service desk called “Ineed” in Goma (eastern DRC), which resolves in a... Read more|