UNV Assignment Title
Partnership Officer (International Cooperation)
Duvindi Illankoon, Manela Karunadasa and Kavitha Ariyabandu are on a six-month UN Volunteer assignment and support the World Bank on core staff responsibilities that include developing the existing relationship with the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and maintaining momentum on national economic reform.
This new deployment is especially noteworthy – World Bank and UNV rejuvenate their more than three-decade old partnership and, UN Volunteers take on core bank staff responsibilities instead of being tasked to specific projects as in the past.
World Refugee Day marks the need to show support to refugees all over the world, to stand with them in their plight, and honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence.
UN entities will not be able to fulfill their promise of leaving no one behind and promoting inclusion until persons with disabilities are fully represented among UN staff.
United Nations Volunteers, as a cross-cutting organization in the UN system, is very well placed to partner with UN entities with the aim at unlocking the potential of persons with disabilities to work for the Sustainable Development Goals.
Globally one billion people are engaged in volunteering – representing a powerful, cross-cutting means of implementation for the Sustainable Development Goals. However, there remains a huge demand for empirical evidence on the value of volunteering for sustainable development. China has experienced strong growth and innovation in its volunteering infrastructure, and today there is a pressing need to evaluate and share innovative Chinese approaches to volunteering for sustainable development.
Following the words of UNV's Executive Coordinator, Mr. Olivier Adam:
The month of December was passing by and my sadness had turned into depression. At that moment, I had lived outside of Venezuela for almost two years, since I, like many other young people from my country, felt the need to look for opportunities beyond our borders. However, in my case, my stay in Colombia had become more challenging than expected: I couldn’t find a job where I could utilize my skills and professional knowledge, and I was quite far from content.
Chaired by Vice President of the Board and Permanent Representative of Panama, Her Excellency, Ms. Laura E. Flores, the meeting was attended by more than 50 participants, representing 20 Member States which included Australia, Brazil, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malta, Panama, Republic of Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and United States of America.
Что является богатством нации? Ее люди (in Russian). What is the richness of a nation? – Its people.
It couldn’t be truer for the Republic of Kazakhstan where this saying resonates loud and clear.
People the world over volunteer to give back to society. The one billion and counting volunteers work to commit their time and skills to making people’s lives better.
UNV is pleased to present the findings of the 2016 UN Volunteer Survey Report, a key tool that UNV uses to assess progress towards its Strategic Framework goals and identify areas for improvements in volunteer management. This report summarizes the responses to the survey from UN Volunteers serving across the globe.
We have heard from 2,900 voices of serving UN Volunteers and those who have recently completed their assignments.
Summary of key findings: