The day I received an alert for an online volunteering opportunity with the UNV Latin American and the Caribbean Portfolio, I had already applied for different assignments throughout the years. My happiness was immense. My perseverance gave me the possibility to collaborate, not only contributing with knowledge about the reality of my own country, Venezuela, but also with other groups and situations in other latitudes, in this case Nicaragua.
My name is Isabela, I am 23 years old, and I am of American and Ecuadorian nationality. I left the United States in July of 2016 to join the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme to explore how youth are contributing to the development of my second home, Ecuador.
This is how I got to participate in the First Regional Meeting of Youth Volunteer Networks in Cuenca, where I had the opportunity to interact with young volunteers from Latin America and learn how volunteering contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
The International Volunteers Day was celebrated in Mali and chaired by Prime Minister Mobido Keita who re-iterated, in the presence of United Nations Volunteer Programme Deputy executive coordinator, Nicola Harrington, that the national authorities are committed to promote volunteerism.
We live in a world influenced by social networks, and people invest more time in them every day. Through social media we have the opportunity to share our everyday lives with others, and at the same time get inspired by other people and their posts.
When I became aware of this situation, I also realized that having a computer, internet connection and the will to transform the world, can be the start of a project that achieves great impact in the lives of other human beings, and that is why I decided to become an online volunteer.
Every year, around 12,000 UN Online Volunteers team up with hundreds of organizations to address sustainable development challenges anywhere in the world.
The UNV Online Volunteering service enables people around the globe to find opportunities posted by civil society organizations, public institutions and UN agencies. By supporting these organizations, volunteers develop their skills and become part of a global online community of peers, sharing the goal of advancing human development.
By Toily Kurbanov, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Management Services
On Monday, 5 December the world will celebrate International Volunteer Day, designated by the United Nations in 1985 to applaud the inspiration of millions of volunteers throughout the world and their contributions to peace and development.
On Thursday, 13 October, as part of the first day of the Partnerships Forum in Bonn, “Blue Room talks” took place in the World Conference Center.
Blue Room talks - a concept of the UNV Communications Section in collaboration with Deutsche Welle Akademie, are a way for UNV to showcase the real life experiences of UN Volunteers.
This video introduces the new partnership signed by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Samsung in April 2016 in a ceremony held in São Paulo, Brazil. With this unprecedented partnership, UNV aims to expand the global reach of its UNV Online Volunteering service as well as explore innovative methods of co-creation related to corporate volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals.
During a side event held today at the 2016 UNV Partnership Forum, Mr. Richard Dictus, Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and Mr. Ying Wang, Deputy Secretary General of Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF), announced the new cooperation project “Strengthening China’s Involvement in the Development of International Volunteer Service through South-South Cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative.”
Bonn, Germany. On 13 and 14 October 2016, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme will host its second Partnerships forum at the World Conference Center in Bonn. After the first Partnerships Forum held in 2014, the theme for this year’s Forum is 'Revitalizing Partnerships: Volunteerism for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'.