UN Online Volunteer Steve Tierney, an Australian designer, created a poster that called for students across Cambodia to participate in an essay contest, sharing their ideas about how to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality and human rights.
About 350 students participated in the contest, which was organized by UN Women Cambodia in collaboration with the Paññasastra University of Cambodia. More than 200 students attended the award ceremony on 5 December 2011, during which the 5 winners read their essays.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme have created a legal support website in Tashkent which is run by pro-bono legal clinicians and is designed to help the citys residents obtain the legal advice and support they require.
While a number of legal clinics are currently operating in the city, staffed by law students with the support of UNDP and their academic institutions, they lack the resources and tools required to address the needs of their clients.
Christina Papadopoulou has been working with the UN Human Rights office (OHCHR) in Guatemala since 2008. She is a UN Volunteer who has chosen to serve society and promote ideals such as social justice and equality.
Christina is one of the nearly 8,000 UN Volunteers mobilized every year by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme. This year UNV and its stakeholders mark the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10).
Adélise Gobillot du Royaume de Belgique donne un appui technique au Programme Conjoint des Nations Unies contre le VIH/SIDA (ONUSIDA) comme Volontaire des Nations Unies stagiaire à Rabat, au Maroc.
In Honduras, the UNAIDS Volunteer Network was founded through the initiative of international UN Volunteer Michela Polesana, who is assigned to the office of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The network promotes social activities aiming to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and human rights, and set up a documentation centre in the UNAIDS office.
The report mentions that there is no comprehensive staffing strategy to ensure the right mix of civilian personnel in any operation. There are talents within the United Nations system that must be tapped, gaps to be filled through external recruitment and a range of other options that fall in between, such as the use of United Nations Volunteers, subcontracted personnel, commercial services, and nationally-recruited staff. The United Nations has turned to all of these sources of personnel throughout the past decade, but on a case-by-case basis rather than according to a global strategy.