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 11: Sustainable cities and communities, SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts

In 2018, natural disasters including drought, cyclones and floods forced almost 2.6 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa to flee their homes. This triggers competition over depleted natural resources which can spark conflict between communities or compound pre-existing vulnerabilities.

In West and Central Africa, the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is at the heart of the climate action for building resilience to climate change and peace promotion.

24 September 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals
Last year in West and Central Africa, 54 UN Volunteers out of 230 globally contributed to UN Women’s missions towards reducing discrimination against women and girls, empowering women and achieving equality between women and men. They did so ih many functions, including as Programme Assistants, Project Coordination Officers, Gender Experts, Communications Officers and Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists.
29 March 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 5: Gender equality, SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Grace Otieno, a UN Volunteer who serves as an Air Operations Planning Officer at the MOVCON aviation section of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). 

Posted in Goma, Grace is working in a largely male-dominated sector. Her everyday tasks include planning for daily flights, coordinating ramp activities for smooth and timely flights and briefing the crew on their daily route requirements as per UN procedures. 

06 March 2019
Sub-Saharan Africa
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Prior to the official launch of the State of the world's Volunteerism Report 2018, the UNV regional office for West and Central Africa conducted a media campaign to share the observations and results of the SWVR Report 2018 and talk about the celebration of the IVD with the populations in Senegal and West and Central Africa. The UNV programme was invited to talk about both events in the BBC, West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR), Radio China International and two national radio stations (I-Radio and Trade Point FM)

28 January 2019
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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

L’objectif de cet atelier était d’aider les participants à mieux comprendre à la fois le programme VNU et leur rôle en tant que jeunes volontaires de l’ONU, mais aussi la valeur de l’engagement et la participation ainsi que de réfléchir aux moyens de promouvoir le volontariat pendant leur affectation.

13 July 2018
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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The objective of this workshop was to help participants better understand both the UNV programme and their role as UN Youth Volunteers, the value of engagement and participation, and to think about ways to promote volunteerism during their assignments.

For four days (from 2 to 5 July 2018) in Saly (90 km from Dakar), 15 young and talented people received high-level training aimed at strengthening their capacities and enabling them to adopt the best professional practices before their deployment as UN Youth Volunteers with UNV partner agencies.

13 July 2018
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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

En signant ce partenariat, l’Institut Supérieur de Management, leader en Afrique francophone, devient la première université en Afrique à intégrer la modalité Volontaires Universitaires des Nations Unies dans le cursus académique et à offrir à ses étudiants la possibilité de promouvoir le volontariat comme atout majeur pour le développement et la paix durable en Afrique.

15 June 2018
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SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth, SDG 10: Reduced inequalities, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

By signing this partnership, ISM, a leader in francophone Africa, becomes the first university in Africa to integrate the UN University Volunteer category in the academic curriculum and offer its students the opportunity to promote volunteerism as a key asset for sustainable peace and development in Africa.

ISM students will be deployed in UN agencies in Senegal as UN University Volunteers, to leverage their knowledge and skills in several areas of expertise and dedicate their creativity and energy to peace and development in their six-month assignments.

15 June 2018
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SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 15: Life on land, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Les Volontaires des Nations Unies affectés aux agences telles que le Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement (PNUD) et la Mission multidimensionnelle intégrée des Nations Unies pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine (MINUSCA) jouent un rôle important en œuvrant pour l'amélioration de la gestion environnementale.

En 2017, 266 Volontaires des Nations Unies en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, soit 17 pour cent de tous les volontaires déployés dans la région, ont apporté leur contribution sur des missions liées aux questions environnementales.

05 June 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa
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SDG 13: Climate change, SDG 15: Life on land, SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

UN Volunteers assigned to UN entities such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), play important roles, advocating for improvements in environmental management and engaging communities to protect the ecosystem.

In 2017, 266 UN Volunteers in West and Central Africa, or 17 per cent of all volunteers deployed in the region, served in assignments linked to environmental issues.

05 June 2018
Sub-Saharan Africa
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