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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 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

In 2014, Thunayya fled her city of Al Qunaytra and the war that enveloped it. She lived in the camp ever since, and decided to volunteer as a cleaner, earning about US$8.50 per day. At the age of 48, it was the first time Thunayya had ever worked, as she had to provide for herself and her 85-year old father, her only dependent.


13 November 2017
Arab States
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

Sefadin, Leyla, Youssef and Zahra came from Syria, fleeing the combats in their country and finding refuge in the Domiz camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. All four have volunteered to support families of refugees with disabilities. They ran mutual help sessions about the isolation of people with disabilities who are at risk of being cut off from the humanitarian aid available in the camp.


This was a crucial issue for Zahra:


10 November 2017
Arab States
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Saleh started volunteering with the Red Cross’ water and sanitation team soon after arriving at Nea Kavala, helping to ensure people in the camp have access to clean water and safe facilities. But he played more than a technician’s role, and has been central in making sure that the Red Cross has a strong relationship with the community and listens to feedback, comments and concerns from people in the camp.

23 October 2017
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

A Bangladesh Red Crescent mobile medical team has been set up in Bangladesh, and it is run by volunteer Dr. Mohsin Ahmed. He explains that food, water and shelter are the main concern of the people he is seeing, most of whom are women and children.


20 October 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

On the 15th of August 2017, the Aquarius took on board 112 people rescued by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), another NGO working in the Mediterranean. These 112 people were packed on a single inflatable boat, as Alessandro Porro recalls. Among them were women, children and wounded people, but for the most part they were young men.


17 October 2017
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Le 15 août 2017, l’Aquarius a pris à bord 112 personnes secourues par la Station d’aide en mer pour migrants (MOAS), une autre ONG travaillant dans la Méditerranée. “112 personnes dans un seul bateau pneumatique”, se souvient Alessandro Porro. Parmi eux, il y a des femmes, des enfants, des blessés, mais pour la plupart des jeunes hommes, quelques-uns plus âgés.


17 October 2017
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Their mission is simple, their rationale concise: "We are lifeguards and we are saving lives." Started in September 2015, the small Barcelona-based NGO Proactiva Open Arms initially helped refugees "disembark safely" onto the island of Lesbos, Greece. This year, the organization, which depends entirely on donations, has expanded its humanitarian operation to patrolling the coast off Libya.


17 October 2017
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 3: Good health and well-being

Leur mission est simple et leur présence n’a qu’un seul but : « Nous sommes des secouristes et nous sauvons des vies. » Créée en septembre 2015, Proactiva Open Arms est une petite ONG basée à Barcelone. Sa première opération de sauvetage maritime a été d'aider des réfugiés syriens qui tentaient de rejoindre l’île de Lesbos, en Grèce. Grâce à des dons, l’organisation a pu étendre ses interventions humanitaires au large des côtes libyennes.


17 October 2017
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

En 2013, le Programme de soutien aux communautés d’accueil du Liban (Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme, LHSP) a été lancé conjointement par le ministère des Affaires sociales du Liban et le PNUD, dans le cadre du Plan de gestion des répercussions de la crise syrienne au Liban (LCRP) mis en place par le pays. Le programme est destiné aux communautés les plus vulnérables accueillant des déplacés syriens. Il a pour objectif d’apaiser les tensions et de réduire les conflits entre les communautés d’accueil et les communautés de réfugiés.

15 August 2017
Arab States
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SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

In 2013, the Lebanon Host Communities Support Programme (LHSP) was launched jointly by the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) of Lebanon and the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP) under the umbrella of the country’s response to the impact of the Syria Crisis in Lebanon (Lebanon Crisis Response Plan – LCRP). The Programme targets the most vulnerable communities hosting displaced Syrians and aims to decrease tensions and conflict between host communities and displaced persons.

15 August 2017
Arab States
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