The first UNV African Regional Retreat for UN Volunteers was held from 5 to 8 November, 2014 at the Maanzoni Lodge, Lukenya, in Kenya. More than 150 people from UNV teams in Kenya, Somalia and Uganda gathered to share their knowledge and network. Tapiwa Kamuruko, who was recently installed in Nairobi in the new post of UNV Regional Manager for Africa, opened the retreat. Maria–Threase Keating, UNDP Kenya Country Director, and David Akopyan, UNDP Somalia Deputy Country Director (Programmes), also attended.
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Speaking at the event, UNV Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus said, UNEP and UNV have an incredible opportunity to innovate through engagement of young people and create a new evidence-base for the progress of sustainable development, also by utilizing social media and new communication technologies.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) is keen on increasing the deployment of specialized UN Volunteers. UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos said, "we have a new strategic approach to urbanization with three focus areas; urban legislation, urban planning and design, and urban economy and municipal finance.
Youth volunteerism is an innovative way for boosting South-South Development at the global level. This is the message brought by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to participants in this year's Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 28 October to 1st November 2013.
Nairobi, Kenya: It has been a long, tiring and dusty journey across north eastern Kenya on a mission to witness first-hand the effects of the drought that has left millions on the brink of starvation. With me on this trip is UNICEF Sweden Goodwill Ambassador Liza Marklund and Swedish photographer Martin von Krogh. Together we have travelled from Dadaab, the worlds largest refugee camp, to Liboi near the Kenya-Somalia border and their journey ends in Wajir, a drought stricken district in northern Kenya. But for me this journey is far from over.