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14 August 2008
Olympic volunteer roundup by Philip Sen
Olympic volunteers prepare to provide services at a street stall on Niujie. (Xinhua)
Bonn, Germany: The 2008 Beijing Olympics is one of the biggest volunteer-involving events in history. On every street corner and in every venue, there's an army of volunteers meeting, greeting, translating, giving directions and helping visitors in every way imaginable. For an insight into what being a Beijing volunteer is all about, here's a selection of news, views and links - and a space for your own comments.  Read article
21 May 2008
Earthquake Diary by Liu Lei
Caring for the millions of homeless after the Sichuan earthquake is an urgent priority for volunteers. (L. Liu/UNV)
Mian Yang, Sichuan province, China: On 12 May 2008 an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Sichuan province in south-western China. Volunteerism is critical to the relief efforts. Read UNV volunteer Liu Lei's diary of his work with the IFRC here.   Visit site
21 April 2008
Twenty years of Global Youth Service Day - 25-27 April by Christine Batcheler
Two students paint a peace mural on Global Youth Service Day. The 20th annual Global Youth Service Day  will be held on 25, 26 and 27 April 2008. (YSA)
Washington DC, USA: Millions of young people from Cambodia to Peru, from Pakistan to Liberia, from Mexico to Mongolia, are implementing community service projects during the 20th Annual Global Youth Service Day (GYSD).

Young volunteers will address important community needs through service and service-learning projects addressing climate change, literacy, poverty, human rights and many other issues.

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08 April 2008
10,000 volunteers ensured polio-free Somalia 
A Somali woman waits for her child to be vaccinated against polio in 2003. Health campaigners have said that a UN-backed immunisation drive has banished polio from Somalia, three years after the crippling childhood disease returned to the war-torn African country. (AFP/Simon Maina)
Geneva, Switzerland: Somalia is again polio-free, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) announced last week, calling it a 'historic achievement' in public health. This landmark victory is a result of the efforts of over 10,000 Somali volunteers and health workers who repeatedly vaccinated more than 1.8 million children under the age of five by visiting every household in of the most dangerous places on earth.  Read article
From: ReliefWeb
More about: Somalia  MDG 6
20 March 2008
See the difference you can make: Join Earth Hour! 
It started with a question: How can we inspire people to take action on climate change?

The answer: Ask the people of Sydney to turn off their lights for one hour.

On 31 March 2007, 2.2 million people and 2100 Sydney businesses turned off their lights for one hour - Earth Hour. If the greenhouse reduction achieved in the Sydney CBD during Earth Hour was sustained for a year, it would be equivalent to taking 48,616 cars off the road for a year.

With Sydney icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House turning their lights off, and unique events such as weddings by candlelight, the world took notice. Inspired by the collective effort of millions of Sydneysiders, many major global cities are joining Earth Hour at 8pm on March 29 2008, turning a symbolic event into a global movement.   Visit site
More about: Activism  Environment  MDG 7
01 November 2007
It's your day, volunteers! 
International Volunteer Day, 5 December, is your day!

Volunteers and their from all over the world, from Brazil to Viet Nam, Trinidad & Tobago to New Zealand, are being recognized and their contribution highlighted through various IVD activities. We sincerely appreciate your articles, photos and videos.

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17 October 2007
Global voices against poverty 
BBC News online highlights people all over the world are taking part in a day of action to hold governments to a UN pledge, made seven years ago, to eradicate poverty by 2015. Organisers of the Stand Up Speak Out event, which started at 2100 GMT on Tuesday, are using everything from concerts to kite-flying events to draw attention to their demands. Some of those taking part from different corners of the planet explain here why the issue of reducing poverty is important to them, and how they will be playing their part.   Read article
From: BBC News, UK
17 October 2007
Crisis of volunteers in Scotland revealed 
Fears of being falsely accused of harming children is the major factor preventing Scots from volunteering, and while 69% of adults consider working with children, only 5% actually do, a report claims today. Concerns over the culture of litigation is also a factor when it comes to working or volunteering with young people, a survey by Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) found. In the poll carried out for the commissioner, 48% of adults said concern about being falsely accused of harming young people is the number one obstacle to becoming a volunteer.  Read article
02 October 2007
Youth and the spirit of volunteering by Chow How Ban
A caregiver encouraging a child with intellectual disability to indulge in some exercise at the Dong Li Feng Mei Kang Jian School in the Xuhui district of Shanghai. Voluntary bodies visit the school regularly to shower this community with love and care. (Photo: The Star Online)
Shanghai, China: The overwhelming response towards voluntary work among Shanghai youth, communities and all levels of society is one of the reasons why Shanghai can develop into a sustainable economy. For a population of 18 million, the city of Shanghai has more than a million volunteers. They are involved in all types of social work and many will be called into action at the Special Olympics World Summer Games starting next week and the 2010 World Expo.    Read article
From: The Star Online, Malaysia
More about: China  Young volunteers  Youth
18 September 2007
Online Volunteering Team of the Year Award 
United Nations Volunteers Online Volunteering service is looking for the Online Volunteering Team of the Year. Online volunteers and organizations alike, are invited to nominate their team for the Online Volunteering Team of the Year Award! The purpose of this award is to recognize online volunteers' contributions to human development, to demonstrate how -- through effective online collaboration with volunteers -- development organizations can strengthen their activities and to showcase the diversity in which online volunteers can support development organizations.

View the video of a former OV awardee.

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