Investing in the economic empowerment of indigenous women in Loja, Ecuador

20 April 2018
Loja is one of the poorest provinces of Ecuador in the Southern part of the country, sharing border with Peru, and currently is experiencing serious desertification. This land degradation under changing climate impacts particularly rural communities, as they are highly dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods. Especially women in rural areas in developing countries - like those I collaborated with in Loja - are impacted.

Large-scale mobilization of youth for the SDGs in Côte d'Ivoire

19 April 2018
Since the end of the crisis in April 2011, the Government of Côte d'Ivoire has placed the fight against unemployment at the heart of its concerns. Job creation, especially for young people, is at the forefront of action for the country. With a view to contributing to youth empowerment and social cohesion in the north and west of the country, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is technically supporting the implementation of a project entitled "Youth Impact for the SDGs".

And the winner is: Simuka Africa Youth Association, Zimbabwe

Simuka Africa Youth Association was established in 2006 in response to the growing number of challenges that were affecting young people in Zimbabwe. It was during the time when the country was in the midst of political and socioeconomic turmoil, characterised by high youth unemployment, a high HIV and AIDS prevalence rate of 20.1 per cent among those aged 15-49, a historic hyperinflation, declining health educational services among other social and economic ills.

Volunteering in the Democratic Republic of Congo with UNICEF and MONUSCO

13 April 2018
Humanitarian needs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have doubled over the last year and 13 million people require humanitarian assistance throughout the country today. The number of people displaced has doubled to 4.5 million people, including 2.7 million children. International responders have scaled up response, but much more must be done and donor support is urgently needed. Today, as the Humanitarian Conference on the situation in the DRC convenes in Geneva, we highlight a sampling of UN Volunteers contributing to the work of our valued UN partners. #InvestinHumanity #DRC

Applications open for UNV and UNICEF Youth Advocates Programme

In the pursuit of its mandate to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, UNICEF recognizes that youth over 18 years old have proven to be key advocates and change makers. UNICEF has historically engaged modest numbers of youth volunteers in their advocacy and programmatic work. The organization is now looking to strengthen this by engaging youth in a systematic and formalized programme to deliver results for children.

UN Youth Volunteers bridging UNICEF and young women and men in Indonesia

12 April 2018
There are 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 years in the world today, and more than half of them are living in Asia and the Pacific. However, there is a lack of services that can support the different needs of the children, young people and adolescents. That is why the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Indonesia, a country with around one-third of its population aged 10-24 years, has been hosting UN Volunteers, including UN Youth Volunteers, in its efforts to support adolescents and youth. These UN Volunteers are supporting UNICEF to understand, connect, and engage with adolescents from the perspectives of young women and men.

Community volunteers take development challenges on air

29 January 2018
Communities in Pakistan are expressing their concerns on issues of gender equality, health and safety through community radio programmes. UNV and UN Women partnered in the west of the country to teach volunteers how to use effective radio broadcasts to inspire participation and change.

UNV and China: 25 years of collaboration

24 January 2018
Since 1981, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has nurtured an active and fruitful partnership with the Government of the People’s Republic of China and other partners. Together, we support social and economic development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) throughout the country.

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.