Chaque année, le programme des Volontaires des Nations Unies (VNU) mobilise près de 7000 volontaires qui travaillent dans environ 130 pays pour les programmes de paix et de développement de l'ONU. L'ONUDC bénéficie ainsi du soutien d'une douzaine de Volontaires des Nations Unies dans ses bureaux régionaux d'Afrique de l'Est, d'Asie du Sud-Est et d'Amérique Latine, entre autres.
Il sagissait de ma première mission sur le terrain comme Volontaire des Nations Unies représentant le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés (HCR) en République dominicaine. Depuis le début de ma collaboration comme analyste de terrain VNU pour le HCR, je travaille en tant que point focal suivant une approche axée sur la communauté, ce qui a totalement changé ma façon de voir les choses.
Next time you are in Mapel, in Western Bahr El Gazal state in South Sudan, check out the busy restaurants located near the military barracks. One is operated by Mary Alueth Madu, now a successful business woman, who employs a staff of six.
This is certainly a change since those days before the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) was signed, when Mary spent 10 years cooking for the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army.
The desire to make a difference in people's lives is what keeps David Asiimwe (Uganda) motivated as he serves as a UNV Civil Affairs Officer in Bentiu, Unity State with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). If this means interrupting a mission to Mayom County with UNV colleague Pradeep Jha to help a returnee construct her Tukul, then so be it.
A simple cookstove developed as part of the UNV-supported Community Based Adaptation (CBA) programme in Namibia is getting its moment in the spotlight at the current United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa. The EzyStove is a fuel-efficient, easy-to-use and environmentally friendly stove designed for poor rural households dependent on burning wood or paper on open fires for their cooking and heating.
Mr. De Raad started his UN career as a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) and steadily grew through the ranks in progressively responsible leadership positions. His career included field postings in Bangladesh and Tanzania with United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and UNDP.
The invitation to sign the book was a rare honour reserved for VIPs and other special friends of the City of Bonn. The signing ceremony was held at the Bonn Old Town Hall alongside a special exhibition in the city’s market square to celebrate United Nations Day, October 24.
The ceremony was attended by a large gathering of well-wishers including the Rector of UN University, Dr. Konrad Osterwalder, the Mayor of Bonn, Ms Bärbel Dieckmann, other local dignitaries and a large group of UNV staff, some of whom are pictured in the attached photograph.