UNV Regional Websites

UNV works in 150 countries and territories, deploying UN Volunteers to advance sustainable development at grassroots level. Explore our work in the different regions of the world.

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East and Southern Africa
East and Southern Africa
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West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa
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Arab States
Arab States
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Europe and the CIS
Europe and the CIS
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Latin America
Latin America and the Caribbean
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Asia and the Pacific
Asia and the Pacific
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The UNHCR-UNV DAFI Initiative seeks to expand the success of the DAFI programme by addressing the difficulties that graduated refugees face when trying to enter the job market.

The Initiative constitutes an opportunity for the DAFI graduates to gain professional experience as UN Volunteers in the UN System, where they can contribute with their unique background and perspectives to help achieving the SDGs.

18 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
Our stories
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The project consisted of recruiting refugees from the camp and members from the host communities as Refugee Outreach Volunteers. Additionally, UNV used its refugee-to-refugee volunteer modality to recruit and deploy one refugee identified in the camp as a UN Volunteer. The Refugee Outreach Volunteers served with UNHCR and were provided with the necessary capacities, knowledge and resources to contribute to addressing their own protection needs.  

17 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

From 19 to 20 November 2019, stakeholders from volunteer-involving organizations, civil society, academia, governments and United Nations entities met in Ouagadougou, to discuss how volunteerism can contribute to peace and development in the Sahel region. The roundtable was initiated by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, in collaboration with the African Institute for Economic Development and Planification (IDEP) and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), to produce evidence of the impact of volunteerism in the Sahel. 

11 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

But can this agency help reduce inequalities in human development?  This was the key question for a joint UNV-HDRO Seminar that gathered experts from the World Bank, UN ECLAC, ILO, the International Federation of the Red Cross, and Harvard University in New York last September. In particular, Professor Michele Lamont helped explore whether volunteering might be an important mechanism for ‘destigmatization’.

09 December 2019
Our stories
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

For International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2019, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Viet Nam will have a joint celebration with UN agencies and thematic groups. The theme of the celebration will focus on equality and human rights for LGBTI groups in the country.

UNV is partnering with UN Women, the UN Human Rights Thematic Group, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

07 December 2019
Asia and the Pacific
Events
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Con motivo de IVD, el programa de Voluntarios de las Naciones Unidas (VNU) ha destacado iniciativas que incluyen a más personas en el desarrollo sostenible a través del voluntariado. Una de esas iniciativas es la nueva categoría de Voluntarios de la Comunidad de las Naciones Unidas, que permite que más personas participen directamente en el cambio social, ambiental y económico.

06 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

On the occasion of IVD, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme has highlighted initiatives that include more people in sustainable development through volunteerism. One such initiative is the new UN Community Volunteer category, which enables more people to participate directly in social, environmental and economic change.

06 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

À l’occasion de la JIV, le programme des Volontaires des Nations Unies (VNU) a mis l’accent sur les initiatives qui encouragent la participation de plus de gens au développement durable grâce au volontariat. L’une de ces modalités est la nouvelle catégorie des Volontaires Communautaires des Nations Unies qui donne l’opportunité à un plus grand nombre de personnes de participer directement aux changements sociaux, environnementaux et économiques.

06 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

For International Volunteer Day (IVD), the Regional Office of East and Southern Africa of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is organizing a volunteer festival. The festival is co-hosted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Kenya and the UNV Regional Office. At the event, we will launch the Volunteer Awards.

When: 5 December 2019, 10:00-17:00, Nairobi Railway Club

05 December 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
Events
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Events are being organized around the world to promote volunteering, to award the most dedicated volunteers and to inspire people to act for a better future.

05 December 2019
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