UNV and the UN Secretariat sign Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their collaboration

Under-Secretary-General for Management Ms Jan Beagle signed the agreement with UNV Executive Coordinator Olivier Adam. 

This umbrella agreement facilitates the deployment of UN Volunteers to a variety of UN operations that fall under the auspices of the Secretariat and will help to streamline the deployment of UN Volunteers, both in the field and at headquarters locations, as well as the engagement of UN Online Volunteers.

Volunteering for peacebuilding and sustaining peace in West and Central Africa

21 September 2018
With ongoing violent conflicts and tensions in many parts of the world, the United Nations Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) is scaling up its efforts to build and sustain peace, while developing partnerships with organizations such as the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to support peacebuilding initiatives in conflict-affected situations across the world.

Building sustainable peace and social cohesion in the Central African Republic with UN Volunteers

21 September 2018
In the grip of armed conflict and persistent community violence since the coup d’état in 2013, the Central African Republic relies heavily on the contribution of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to help promote peace and reconciliation in the country. Despite efforts towards social cohesion, the volatile security situation remains a predominant concern, with the risk of outbreak, escalation or recurrence of violent inter-community conflicts.

Refugee volunteerism creates hope for new beginnings

21 September 2018
It’s a sunny Saturday morning in Kalobeyei, Northern Kenya, close to the border with South Sudan. Two girls walk slowly towards a field where children are playing under the scorching sun. One is of Somali origin and the other from South Sudan. For them, Kalobeyei, one of the villages in the UN Refugee Agency's Kakuma Refugee Camp, has become their new home. Their faces illuminate a sense of peace, and in their eyes we can see hope. One can only wonder how much change these two girls, united by fate, have experienced in their young lives.

UN Volunteers help build early warning and response systems for peace in Kenya

21 September 2018
In 2017 and 2018, Kenya ranked 125 and 123 respectively out of 163 countries in the Global Peace Index. Violence presents a challenge, particularly in Kenya’s border regions, where migration puts additional pressure on already marginalized communities, and in multi-ethnic communities during election periods. Threats of terrorism by groups such as Al Shabaab add to the tense situation.

Iraq: Taking on the challenge of rebuilding Mosul

17 September 2018
Gladys Gbegnedji is a Civil Engineer from Spain. Together with 14 other UN Volunteers and engineers, she is in Iraq to support UNDP reconstruction efforts in Mosul Governorate, in the areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Rebuilding hope, one family and one volunteer at a time

17 September 2018
Last week, I visited an elderly Iraqi couple in East Mosul. Their home was destroyed, like thousands of others, by ISIL, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Before peace returned to Mosul, this Iraqi family went through unimaginable hardships. When we met in their new home, rebuilt by many helping hands, I saw people who have regained their house and faith in the future of their children and grandchildren. This was a very touching and emotional experience.

Advancing South-South Cooperation through UN Volunteers

South-South Cooperation is embedded in UNV’s Strategic Framework 2018-2021. Working closely with partners, UNV facilitates South-South cooperation by deploying UN Volunteers and promoting the value of volunteerism for peace and development.

Volunteering and South-South Cooperation share common ideals that make them perfect partners: solidarity, respect and equality. Both have an opportunity to derive mutual benefit from their alliance. --UNV Executive Coordinator Olivier Adam

Strengthening China’s involvement in the development of international volunteer service

12 September 2018
Volunteer programmes in the global South often seek to internationalize their efforts, but lack international networks and overseas partners and are not well integrated into the international development ecosystem. To address this above challenge, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, with the support of the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF), launched the project "Strengthening China’s Involvement in the Development of International Volunteer Service through South-South Cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative".

South-South volunteering builds management skills in Mozambique and Brazil

12 September 2018
I got the opportunity to serve as a United Nations Volunteer from March 2014 to April 2018. During this period I served in two duty stations: Mozambique (Numpula) and Brazil (Brasilia). In both, I served as Associate Programme Officer, the main focal point for assessments, planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).