Volunteering: a tool for social integration in cities

13 July 2018
Together with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, my role is to bring together all Londoners and strengthen our communities. One of the most important lessons I have learned is the power of volunteering in achieving those goals.

UNV empowers 15 young people at their pre-assignment training as UN Youth Volunteers

The objective of this workshop was to help participants better understand both the UNV programme and their role as UN Youth Volunteers, the value of engagement and participation, and to think about ways to promote volunteerism during their assignments.

For four days (from 2 to 5 July 2018) in Saly (90 km from Dakar), 15 young and talented people received high-level training aimed at strengthening their capacities and enabling them to adopt the best professional practices before their deployment as UN Youth Volunteers with UNV partner agencies.

UN Office for South-South Cooperation and UN Volunteers programme join forces for youth development

The "Youth for South (Y4S): Advanced Young Leadership Programme" was launched by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) last year during the Global South-South Development Expo in Antalya, Turkey.

UN Volunteers utilize social media to engage young people in the discourse around reproductive rights

11 July 2018
This year’s theme for World Population Day is “Family Planning is a Human Right”. Our two UN Volunteers with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in South Africa share how they use their assignments as Social Media Fellows to reach young people and inform about reproductive rights.

National UN Volunteers kick start decentralization in Tunisia

09 July 2018
Arriving in Beja, a city in North-West Tunisia, UN Volunteer Economics Officer Sarah Fekih thought nothing of cycling or jogging to get to work – she used to jog back in Tunis, where she is from. However, she soon discovered that she is the only woman in Beja who cycles or jogs. “So good that a woman is running! Keep running Sarah!” her neighbor told her a few days ago. And the schoolgirls from the local school clap at her, as she passes by.

UN Volunteer promotes entrepreneurship in the tourism and hospitality sector in her community

04 July 2018
Arta Ponosheci leaped at the chance to work for a project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kosovo* when she was selected for a national UN Volunteer assignment as a Municipal Project Officer. Helping local citizens she grew up with in Gjakovë/Djakovica immediately appealed to her as a unique opportunity, so she applied for the assignment through the United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme.

Promoting women's representation in parliamentary elections in Lebanon

30 June 2018
Today, 30 June, marks the newly proclaimed International Day of Parliamentarism. It serves as a reminder of the importance of the role of parliaments in representing their nation's people and ensuring that all voices be heard. UN Volunteers have been working to support parliaments around the world, especially in promoting the advancement of the status of women in political participation.

Delving into the complexity of Mongolian local governance and parliamentary support

30 June 2018
UN Volunteer Camille Barras (Switzerland) serves as a UN Volunteer Knowledge Management Officer with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mongolia. Through her volunteering assignment, she supports a project to strengthen representative bodies in the country, engaging people in remote parts of the country. On the International Day of Parliamentarism, Camille shares her experience and insights into local governance and parliamentary support.

Meet national UN Volunteers with IOM sharing their experiences from three continents

29 June 2018
UN Volunteers serving with the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM) uphold the rights of migrants in their volunteer assignments on a daily basis. They carry out monitoring and evaluation activities, contribute to the provision of basic lifesaving services and ensure protection, among other things. During 2017, 22 UN Volunteers served with IOM around the world. Three national UN Volunteers share their experiences in Africa, Latin America and the Arab States.

UNV and IOM strengthen collaboration to serve migrants and uphold their rights

UN Volunteers make important contributions to UN action in the pursuit of sustainable development, with a particular focus on people in transition or crisis.

Through this partnership agreement, UNV and IOM aim to deploy UN Volunteers to achieve more humane and orderly migration. UN Volunteers are well placed for this, as volunteerism promotes greater social inclusion of marginalized groups in development processes. UN Volunteers can serve as catalysts for civic engagement, and build trust and bonds within communities. --Olivier Adam, UNV Executive Coordinator