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 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

In 1999, two large humanitarian crises were unfolding: Kosovo and East Timor. The United Nations was tasked to support local authorities in both places to establish administrative and governance structures.

27 June 2018
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

I arrived in a country where nearly all public infrastructure and most private houses were destroyed. Timor-Leste at that time was a country without a state—a nation where most civil servants had withdrawn. The UN, through the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), was there to fill an empty space. As UN Volunteer District Field Officer, I was the face of the UN administration in the sub-district of Laclo. I was responsible for delivering basic public services. Over time, it quickly became apparent that there was much more to it than that.

01 February 2018
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

J'ai choisi mon parcours professionnel en développement international lors de mes études en Corée et en Espagne. Ce qui est devenu apparent, c'est que je voulais travailler sur le terrain pour être plus proche des vies que nous cherchons à soutenir. J'ai donc commencé à chercher.


04 January 2018
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

I had decided on my career path in international development during my studies in Korea and Spain. What became apparent though was that I desired to work in the field, to be closer to the lives we aim to impact. I started searching.


04 January 2018
Europe and the CIS
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SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate change

The main causes of forest and land degradation in the country include deforestation, inappropriate agricultural practices, forest fires, over-grazing and demographic pressures. A survey conducted by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) reported that the annual deforestation rate between 2003 and 2010 had been 1.73 per cent. If this alarming trend were to persist, 17.3 per cent of the forest in the country would disappear by 2021 and all forests in Timor-Leste by 2071.

10 November 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy, SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production, SDG 13: Climate change

La déforestation, des pratiques agricoles inadaptées, les feux de forêt, le surpâturage et les pressions démographiques comptent parmi les principales causes de dégradation de la forêt et de l’eau dans le pays. Une étude menée par l’Agence internationale de coopération du Japon (JICA) a révélé que le taux de déforestation annuel entre 2003 et 2010 était de 1,73 %. Si cette tendance alarmante devait se poursuivre, 17,3 % de la forêt du pays auraient disparu en 2071, et toutes les forêts du Timor-Leste en 2071.

10 November 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 15: Life on land

En tant que Spécialiste de l’environnement pour le programme VNU, intégralement financé par le gouvernement de la République de Corée, Sung-gil sert l’Unité du développement durable du programme PNUD à Timor-Leste. « Mon travail consiste à déterminer la façon d’assurer la durabilité environnemental de Timor-Leste. » explique-t-il.

13 March 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 15: Life on land

Soon he would be carrying out a host of duties to help Timor-Leste’s citizens take action against global warming.

13 March 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 15: Life on land

Pronto estaría llevando a cabo un sinfín de tareas encaminadas a ayudar a los timorenses a adoptar acciones frente al calentamiento global.

13 March 2017
Asia and the Pacific
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“I volunteer for youth empowerment” is the theme the UNV Field Unit in Timor-Leste is promoting throughout 2013. The UNV Field Unit in Timor-Leste began its campaign by holding a one-day briefing for students at Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e (UNTL) to enhance their ability to engage rural communities, especially youth, during their field work in the districts.

12 August 2013
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