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05 Dec 2018 description
report UN Volunteers

UNV – 5th December, 2018: Today, the UN Volunteers (UNV) programme launched a flagship report demonstrating how local volunteers across the region are strengthening their communities. The 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) was released in Harare, Zimbabwe. UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator, Mr. Toily Kurbanov launched the report and led a high-level panel of representatives from the Government of Zimbabwe, the HigherLife Foundation, VSO Zimbabwe, and civil society.

08 Aug 2018 description
report UN Volunteers

Volunteering is increasingly recognized as a significant resource for overcoming development challenges. Empirical data can document the contributions of volunteers, set benchmarks for evaluation, uncover important trends, and encourage policies that help promote volunteering. Today, UNV publishes a background paper as part of the 2018 State of the World’s Volunteerism Report project, that assesses the state of measurement of volunteering, and provides new estimations of the scale and scope of volunteering globally.

18 Jul 2018 description
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Local volunteering is the thread that binds communities and makes them strong

In a fragile and turbulent world, volunteers are active in every major shock and stress situation experienced by communities – from earthquakes and flooding to climate change and local conflicts. Often working behind the scenes, they are the thread that binds communities together, finds the latest State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2018, published by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme.

29 May 2018 description
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May 29 marks the 70th anniversary of UN Peacekeeping, which remains as relevant today as ever. Nearly 90,000 troops and police, joined by over 14,000 civilians – including UN Volunteers – serve in 14 peacekeeping operations. Together, they make a tangible difference every day in the lives of hundreds of millions of the world’s most vulnerable people.

This year, the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is commemorated under the theme “UN Peacekeeping: 70 Years of Service and Sacrifice”.

29 Apr 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide, Catholic Relief Services, American Refugee Committee International, Africare, United Nations Population Fund, UN Office of the SRSG for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations, World Health Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Volunteers, Italian Red Cross, UNOPS, Tearfund, UN Observer Mission in Georgia, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, UN Office on Drugs and Crime, CARE, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UN Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, Caritas, Pact, UN Department of Political Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, World Food Programme, UN Human Settlements Program, Mercy Corps, UN Children's Fund, Médecins du Monde, Lutheran World Relief, International Rescue Committee, Operation USA, International Medical Corps, Relief International, UN Mission in Sudan, UN Interim Force in Lebanon, Refugees International, UN Department of Safety and Security, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Action by Churches Together International, HelpAge International, Save the Children, Plan International, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Médecins Sans Frontières, UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara, Women's Refugee Commission, ChildFund International, UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, World Renew, Monaco Red Cross, UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste

We, UN and non-UN entities, re-affirm our determination to prevent future acts of sexual exploitation and abuse by our personnel.

We note the issuance of this Statement at the High-level Conference on Eliminating Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN and NGO Personnel on 4 December 2006 in New York, USA and welcome future endorsement of this Statement by others.

17 Jun 2017 description

Plus d’opportunités pour les jeunes et les professionnels désireux de contribuer à la lutte contre la faim et aux efforts visant à instaurer une agriculture durable

16 juin 2017, Rome - Renforcer les liens entre la FAO et le Programme de volontariat des Nations Unies (UNV) devrait être maintenant plus accessible pour les jeunes et experts qui souhaitent donner de leur temps et mettre leur savoir-faire au service de la lutte contre la faim et la pauvreté rurale.

04 Nov 2016 description
report UN Volunteers

‘Women, Peace and Volunteerism: Partnerships for Sustaining Peace’, a side event organized by UNV, PBSO and UN Women at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, celebrated a partnership between the three organizations in the framework of the Peacebuilding Fund’s Gender Promotion Initiative, and highlighted the work carried out in gender-responsive peacebuilding by UN Volunteers from different countries and regions.

06 Sep 2016 description

Geneva, Switzerland: More than 2,500 UN Volunteers, half of them women, have supported the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in delivering on its mandate in 95 countries over the past six years. The two agencies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding reaffirming this long-standing partnership.

27 May 2016 description
report UN Volunteers

In the aftermath of conflicts or natural disasters, people often need assistance from the international community. The United Nations is there to help get the aid flowing and to enable recovery and rehabilitation. UN Volunteers frequently play a key part in delivering this assistance, and often at the front line.

05 Jun 2015 description
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Ce deuxième Rapport sur la situation du volontariat dans le monde, consacré au volontariat et à la gouvernance, présente l’idée que le volontariat et le fait de placer l’être humain au cœur des politiques et des investissements dans le développement offrent des possibilités inexploitées pour le développement durable.

05 Jun 2015 description
report UN Volunteers

Volunteers vital to success of new global development agenda, UN report says

New York, USA: Volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens, but their potential is seriously under-valued, a new report from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme said today.

18 Mar 2015 description
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Sendai, Japan: Volunteerism is a fundamental source of community strength and resilience that exists in all societies throughout the world. The role of volunteerism, in general, and mobilizing and managing volunteers, in particular, are important components of any disaster risk management strategy that aims at fostering community recovery, strength and resilience in vulnerable areas. In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters, many of them volunteers who were at the forefront of responding to emergencies, and more than one trillion dollars have been lost.

14 Oct 2014 description
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Bonn, Germany: The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR), celebrated every year on 13 October, encourages every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. It is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR.

14 Oct 2013 description
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Sustainable development requires that disaster risks are reduced and communities are better prepared for response and recovery. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme supports global efforts to reduce the impact of disasters by working at national and community level to support disaster prevention and risk reduction strategies.

23 Sep 2013 description
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Peacebuilding is about resolving violent conflict and establishing lasting peace. It involves restoring justice, healing trauma, reconciliation, development and leadership. With violent conflict never far from the headlines, a central part of the Government of Japan’s strategy to help foster lasting peace worldwide is the Programme for Human Resource Development in Asia for Peacebuilding (HRD Programme).

13 Aug 2013 description
report UN Volunteers

On 12 August, we mark International Youth Day, a chance to draw attention to issues relating to youth. On this day we reflect on the role that young people play in achieving global peace and sustainable human development.

There are exclusionary challenges that specific groups, such as youth, face. Social exclusion is a process whereby individuals, groups or communities are pushed to the edge of society, cut off from community networks and activities, and prevented from participating fully on account of their poverty, poor health, lack of education or other disadvantages.

05 Dec 2011 description
report UN Volunteers

The very first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR) by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme will be launched on 5 December 2011 in many countries around the world.

The Report is expected to enhance recognition, facilitation, networking and promotion of volunteerism worldwide. It will also increase recognition of the critical role of UNV as an organization that sets standards in peace and development, as well as in volunteerism, in the United Nations system.