Digital volunteers deliver lifesaving information during Hurricane Irma

19 January 2018
After Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, UNICEF recruited volunteers using the UNV Online Volunteer service and trained them to respond to messages on the situation and advice on how to stay safe. Seven volunteers were recruited and responded to 8,000 messages in 21 days.

Promoting a just, peaceful and inclusive society in Bolivia

15 January 2018
During my two-year mission in Bolivia, I assisted the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in promoting and implementing actions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal n°16: ¨Peace, justice and strong institutions¨. I had the opportunity to make a contribution to the building of a peaceful and inclusive society, with access to justice for all through effective and accountable institutions. As a result of volunteering, I feel I have grown in the best possible way as a person and as a professional.

Journée internationale des Volontaires en RD Congo et en Ouganda

18 December 2017
Cette année des activités autour de la Journée internationale des Volontaires (JIV) se sont déroulés dans 11 régions à travers la RDC et l’Ouganda. Ces activités qui ont réuni plus de 8 000 personnes ont été organisés grâce au financement du fonds POEM et au support logistique de la MONUSCO.

Volunteers respond to growing needs of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

15 December 2017
Since August 2017, violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar has driven an estimated 621,000 Rohingya people across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Formal and informal volunteers are helping respond to the needs of the Rohingya population. UN Volunteers are working day and night to support UN agencies providing assistance on the ground.

International conference in China to strengthen South-South Cooperation through volunteering

The two-day conference is co-hosted by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF), and aims to continue building a strong Southern constituency and voice in international volunteering and co-create new ideas on how volunteering can be effectively mainstreamed to support national development priorities by low- and middle-income countries. It also aims to identify new opportunities for innovative partnerships to jointly overcome development challenges through international volunteering.

First agreement to deploy UN University Volunteers in the ASEAN region

Under the five-year KMUTT-UNV University Volunteer regional pilot programme, 20 - 25 graduate students will develop capacities and contribute to specific development programmes supported by the United Nations in ASEAN countries, specifically in Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Viet Nam. The students will leverage their knowledge and skills in science and technology and dedicate their creativity as well as energy to peace and develop in their six-months assignments.

Towards an increased recognition of volunteers as first responders

Mr. Dominic Allen, Chief of the UNV Office in New York, opened the event welcoming the over 100 participants from Member States, UN entities and other interested partners, including serving and former volunteers.  Mr. Allen acknowledged the immense contribution of volunteers and the significant role that volunteers play as first responders in the aftermath of crisis and as mobilizers and campaigners in crisis prevention and preparedness.

How volunteers act first in Kenya

06 December 2017
The year-end traditionally announces the International Volunteers Day celebrations held on 5th December. This year’s campaign is themed "Volunteers act first. Here. Everywhere." A series of national and international activities and media features showcased how volunteers play a crucial role in times of crisis all over the world - including Kenya - despite the security risks they often face.

Volunteers as first responders in Nepal

The event, under the title “Volunteers as First Responders in Times of Crisis: Volunteers for resilience and solidarity,” kicked off International Volunteer Day (also called IVD) worldwide.

The event aligned with the IVD global campaign to promote volunteers as first responders in times of crisis and instability, helping people to rebuild their lives in the immediate aftershock of tragic events.

UNV Executive Coordinator Mr. Olivier Adam acknowledged the efforts of the Nepali people after the devastating 2015 earthquake:

Honouring volunteers

06 December 2017
Volunteers play a critical role after a disaster, from recovering the dead to helping survivors deal with physical and emotional distress.