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

Zohra Hashimi is serving as a UN Volunteer Project Officer for the Peace and Reconciliation project with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan. She provides programmatic, technical and fiduciary support to the High Peace Council and other relevant entities working towards peace and reconciliation in the country.

21 September 2020
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

I fundamentally believe in the power of volunteerism to effect change – on the individual, on communities and on the organizations they serve.

In my role as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), I am proud to be working with an organization that is among the prime movers, supporting countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

21 September 2020
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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

A lot has been said about how young people can take action to combat the crisis, from community organizing to innovative startups. Luckily for you, that isn’t what I will do, because, let’s face it, we do not talk about the interdependence of generations enough.

08 September 2020
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Thank you, Mr Associate Administrator, for your introduction and your – and the Administrator’s – commitment to volunteerism and your strong support to the United Nations Volunteers programme.

Madame President,

Distinguished delegates,

Mr Associate Administrator,

Ladies and Gentlemen:

04 September 2020
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SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Presidential elections were held in Afghanistan in September 2019. However, after much debate and controversy, it was only in May this year that the ensuing political crisis was resolved, when the two main contenders signed a power-sharing deal. In the lead-up to the elections, 58 UN Volunteers supported the UN Electoral Support Project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-UNESP). 

26 August 2020
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

I have always loved to help people, to see the sick get better, and to make a difference in the lives of others. I am Ugandan, and I worked in South Sudan with Doctors with Africa CUAMM before joining UNDP. 

I always quote Maya Angelou. ‘Be the rainbow in someone’s cloud.’ I have always loved to help people to see the sick get better, to make a difference in lives. --Leila Mirembe, UN Volunteer Medical Doctor

24 August 2020
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

This principle, ascribed 75 years ago in the preamble of the UN Charter, symbolized a global conviction towards a new world. With a common aspiration to prevent the recurrence of the 'untold sorrow to mankind' experienced in the decades prior, the signatories committed to a restored faith in humanity. The principle permeates through all of the UN’s work, be that in humanitarian assistance, development or peacekeeping.

19 August 2020
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SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

"Even before the pandemic, violence against women was one of the most widespread violations of human rights. Since lockdown restrictions, domestic violence has multiplied, spreading across the world in a shadow pandemic, " said Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, in a press release.

18 August 2020
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SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Through the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development and its network, the initiative aims to mobilise, train and deploy 2500 community youth volunteers across the country, selected from some of the most affected communities in the country. They will support ongoing sensitization efforts by the Zambian Government, the United Nations, Development partners and other key stakeholders to help control the spread of the virus.

12 August 2020
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SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

En 2018, le PNUD a lancé un programme de création d’emplois pour 3000 jeunes du Mali.  Daouda Michel SAWADOGO, burkinabé basé à Mopti, a servi dans ce programme en tant que volontaire international, spécialiste jeunesse

 L’oisiveté fait des jeunes une proie facile pour les groupes armés qui peuvent alors facilement les enrôler.  Le challenge est de leur trouver une occupation, qui réponde à leurs aspirations. Daouda Michel SAWADOGO, volontaire international spécialiste jeunesse au Mali.

12 August 2020
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