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SDG 4: Quality education, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions

There are different interpretations of the concept of volunteering across cultures and regions, and this is equally true within Arab countries. When a wealthy citizen reacts to a natural disaster by offering to contribute money, or makes donations of blankets and food to the people affected by the disaster, this is often seen as voluntary and therefore volunteerism. Charity is a vital component of humanitarian assistance, but it is not volunteerism.

08 August 2017
Arab States
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

From 20-23 June in Bangkok, Thailand, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA) co-hosted a conference entitled South-South Exchange on Youth Volunteering for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Sharing Sufficiency Economy Philosophy and Other Approaches from Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Countries.

04 July 2017
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Les individus du monde entier s’engagent dans le volontariat pour rendre à la société ce qu’elle leur a apporté. Les volontaires actuels, dont le nombre s’élève à un milliard (et ce chiffre n’a pas fini d’augmenter), mettent à disposition leur temps et leurs compétences afin d’améliorer la vie des autres.


24 May 2017
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Что является богатством нации? Ее люди (in Russian). What is the richness of a nation? – Its people.


It couldn’t be truer for the Republic of Kazakhstan where this saying resonates loud and clear.


People the world over volunteer to give back to society. The one billion and counting volunteers work to commit their time and skills to making people’s lives better.  


24 May 2017
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

L’adoption d’une Loi pour soutenir l’action volontaire en 2009 a permis à l’Azerbaïdjan de développer une infrastructure de volontariat à l’échelle nationale. Bakou, qui est devenue au cours des dernières années une plaque tournante pour les conférences et les réunions d’envergure internationale, a été l’hôte de nombreux événements très importants, et ce, grâce au travail inlassable des volontaires. Plus de dix mille volontaires ont été mobilisés pour les jeux de la solidarité islamique ce mois-ci, une preuve attestant la vénérable culture de l’Azerbaïdjan pour le service altruiste.

23 May 2017
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Perhaps the traditional proverb “Nə əkərsən onu biçərsən” – you reap what you sow – can explain Azerbaijan’s rich culture of volunteerism and selfless acts integral to local communities and social norms.


23 May 2017
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Mr. Toily Kurbanov, Deputy Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) will visit Baku, Astana and Moscow from 22 to 26 May. During his mission to the region, Mr. Kurbanov will meet partners within government, volunteer involving organizations and academia, to discuss support to volunteerism in the region.

19 May 2017
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SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities

The 4th kick-off event took place on 25 April in Sittwe, Rakhine State, and gathered more than 60 participants, including State Departments representatives, Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group members, and Sittwe Youth Volunteers.

10 May 2017
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SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

100 young Korean students attended the first ever United Nations Volunteer (UNV) programme-Korea Joint Forum on Volunteering for Peace and Development at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 8 October. The Forum heard of the overwhelmingly positive contributions young people can make to international development through volunteering.

09 November 2015
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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the Governments of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen are working on a regional project to facilitate youth volunteerism for positive and sustainable social change. Formalized during the project's first board meeting in Amman in April 2013,  ‘Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future’ is currently being implemented in the five countries, following a year-long process of national consultations with youth in the region. The regional project aims to harness the power of youth and their energy through volunteerism.

12 August 2013
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