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 6: Clean water and sanitation, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

UN Volunteer Lucy Tabot Akabum is a Human Rights Officer at the UN Joint Human Rights Office of MONUSCO in Bukavu, in eastern DRC. She was one of ten UN Volunteers who contributed to the Volunteer Initiatives for Peace and Development (VIPD) project to provide clean water for 39 orphans. 

27 May 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a vast country with a large number of UN Volunteers (currently almost 460) serving in 25 different duty stations (including the Entebbe Support Base in Uganda). Over 80 per cent of these volunteers serve with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democractic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The remainder serve with seven other UN agencies, funds and programmes.

11 April 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The DRC is a beautiful and rich country with lots of human and natural resources. Let me congratulate the Congolese people who, in spite of the ordeals facing the country, continue to work for peace.

I joined MONUSCO as a UN Volunteer in March 2016. I am the Contingent-Owned Equipment (COE) Database Assistant, responsible for managing and updating comprehensive electronic files/records on day-to-day activities relating to field units and their inspections to the e-COE databases.

08 March 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is one of the most malnourished countries on earth, with over 4.6m children acutely malnourished, including 2.2m children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. The country is also facing an epidemic of sexual violence. Spiraling humanitarian needs and the rapid escalation in grave protection violations against women and children in the  DRC should be of concern to everyone.

13 April 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth

Tout au long de l’année, des Volontaires ONU se sont engagés dans des activités de volontariat sur leurs lieux d’affectation allant d’un projet d’assainissement au sein de l’université de Kalemie à une campagne de sensibilisation visant à promouvoir les valeurs civiques et une culture de la paix à Butembo. 

20 February 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Throughout my career, I always had the idea of one day joining the United Nations Volunteers (UNV). I was inspired by the many UN Volunteers I met during my years of service in Africa. While most were young, active individuals, there were also older ones like me now, with a strong vision of volunteerism. Fortunately, I was successful in my application and am blessed to now be in my second UNV assignment.

21 September 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

A lo largo de mi carrera, siempre he tenido la idea de que un día me uniría al programa de Voluntarios de las Naciones Unidas (VNU). Me inspiré en los muchos Voluntarios de la ONU que conocí durante mis años de servicio en África. Si bien la mayoría eran personas jóvenes y activas, también había gente mayor, como yo ahora; gente con una fuerte visión del voluntariado. Afortunadamente, tuve éxito en mi solicitud y me siento bendecido por trabajar en mi segunda asignación dentro del programa VNU.

21 September 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Tout au long de ma carrière, j’ai eu envie de rejoindre un jour les Volontaires des Nations Unies (UNV). Cette envie m’a pris vie au fil des rencontres avec de nombreux Volontaires ONU durant mes années de service militaire en Afrique. Même si la plupart d’entre eux étaient de jeunes actifs, d’autres ayant le même âge que moi aujourd’hui avaient une vision plus approfondie du volontarisme. Ma candidature a heureusement été sélectionnée et je suis ravi d’en être à ce jour à ma deuxième mission UNV. 

21 September 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Les volontaires de l’ONU représentent plus du tiers du personnel international au sein de la Mission de l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation de la République démocratique du Congo (MONUSCO). Bien qu’il s’agisse d’une part importante du personnel, la mission demeure une opération de maintien de la paix fortement militarisée.

18 September 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

Los voluntarios de las Naciones Unidas representan más de un tercio del personal internacional de la Misión de Estabilización de las Naciones Unidas en la República Democrática del Congo (MONUSCO). A pesar de este importante componente civil del personal, la Misión sigue siendo una operación de mantenimiento de la paz altamente militarizada.

18 September 2017
Sub-Saharan Africa
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