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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 5: Gender equality

Three national UN Volunteers are working to empower adolescent girls by raising awareness amongst adolescents, their families and local authorities on women’s rights, and addressing issues such as early marriage, sexuality and violence against women. Their work contributes to the Saqilaj B’e Joint Programme (JP) implemented by UN Women, PAHO/WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNICEF, together with the Government of Guatemala. 


11 August 2017
Latin America and the Caribbean
Success stories
SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Ramallah, State of Palestine: "Adolescents can be powerful agents of change in communities," says Chizuru Iwata, an international UN Volunteer from Japan, who worked with UNICEF as a UNV Adolescent Participation Officer in the State of Palestine.

Her volunteer assignment was by no means in an easy environment. A 51-day Israeli military operation in July and August 2014, according to United Nations reports, left several thousand people dead, many of whom were children, and over 10,000 injured. It destroyed and damaged homes, leaving tens of thousands homeless.

11 May 2016
Arab States
Success stories
SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

L'affectation de Chizuru en tant que Volontaire ONU ne s’est pas déroulée dans un environnement de travail facile. En juillet et août 2014, selon l’ONU, une opération militaire israélite de 51 jours a fait plusieurs milliers de victimes, dont un grand nombre d’enfants, et plus de 10 000 blessés. Elle a provoqué la destruction et la dégradation de nombreuses maisons, laissant des dizaines de milliers d’habitants sans abris.

11 May 2016
Arab States
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Guatemala City, Guatemala:  Guatemala is a young country. According to data provided by the National Statistical Institute, one fourth of the Guatemalan population is younger than 18 years old and one half is between 10 to 30 years of age. Most Guatemalan adolescents live in rural areas, and belonging to one of the ethnic indigenous groups makes them even more vulnerable given the discriminatory practices still existing in the country.

20 November 2011
Latin America and the Caribbean
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