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25 October 2011
UNICEF/UN Volunteers: Volunteering for behavioural change in Egypt 
Dalia Ashour with UNICEF Egypt  Emergency response team in Salloum. Photo: UNICEF/2011
Egypt: When thinking of a volunteer, what comes to the mind of most people is a youth working in the field in an emergency zone. The link between the words ‘volunteer’ and ‘desk job’ is, to say the least, not very common.  Read article
16 August 2011
Editorial: Humanitarian volunteers: making change happen 
Bonn, Germany: Whenever our televisions show distressing scenes of war, famine or disaster, inevitably we ask ourselves: “What can we do to help?” It’s the kind of question that makes us human, and many people do go the extra mile and act.  Read article
11 August 2011
The voice of youth: International Day of Youth 
In Thateng town, Sekong Province, 800 km south of the capital of Lao PDR, 19-year-old Nouan Anong fits her headphones for the morning news. Nouan is a volunteer radio anchor with the Thatheng Ethnic Community Radio for Development station. “This is a unique opportunity to volunteer and represent my Ta-oi ethnic group,” says Nouan. “I can communicate in my own language so the community understands what is happening around them.” Through volunteering, Nouan has become the voice of her peers. (Philippe Pernet / UNV)
Bonn, Germany: This year marks both the International Year of Youth and the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10). It’s a unique opportunity to recognize how young people can take a stand and help change the world for the better.  Read article
More about: Lao PDR  Youth
11 August 2011
UN DPI/NGO Conference Draft Declaration 
Bonn, Germany: The Co-Chairs of the Group of Experts of the Planning Committee of the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference have issued a Zero Draft version of the NGO Declaration that will be submitted for adoption by consensus by NGO delegates at the close of the 64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn. The Zero Draft version is now available here, as well as on the Conference website for NGO review and comment.  Read article
22 July 2011
Sustainable Societies, Responsive Citizens 
Commit. Encourage. Volunteer.

That’s the tagline for the world’s biggest annual conference for the NGO community, which in 2011 fits right in with the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.  Read article
18 July 2011
Happy Mandela Day! 
Pretoria, South Africa: It's about volunteering! Monday 18 July is Mandela Day, and it's one of the landmarks during this special year for volunteers.

The Mandela Day campaign message is simple: Nelson Mandela gave 67 years of his life fighting for the rights of humanity. The campaign is asking is that everyone gives 67 minutes of their time, whether it’s supporting their chosen charity or serving their local community.

Mandela Day is a call to action for individuals – for people everywhere – to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as Mr. Mandela did.  Read article
15 July 2011
Save the date: Volunteering for a sustainable future 
Budapest, Hungary: The Global Volunteer Conference will bring together high level leadership and decision makers from humanitarian and development organizations, governments, civil society, academia, the UN system and the corporate sector.  Read article
More about: Hungary  Advocacy
11 July 2011
IAVE Africa meeting underway 
Nairobi, Kenya:

IAVE is organizing a regional meeting in Nairobi, Kenya.

The theme for the small gathering is 'Getting the Word Out – Volunteering in Africa'.

The conference will be an invitation-only event for 25-35 individuals, representing diverse groups and organizations, including national NGOs, volunteer centres, international NGOs as well as representatives from global companies.

The meeting will include presentations on volunteering programmes in Africa, country and regional reports, and a discussion on how to improve research, communication, and advocacy.

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05 July 2011
News Update: Global gatherings deliver big results 
Bonn, Germany: With the final International Year of Volunteers +10 (IYV+10) regional conference ending in Dakar, Senegal, on 7 June, the series of five consultation meetings came to a very successful conclusion.

Click to read on and download the newsletter.  Read article
03 June 2011
Editorial: Taking root, bearing fruit by Jingqi Liu
Tonle Sap, Cambodia: National UN Volunteer Leng Lay is an Assistant to the NSLS (National Sustainable Livelihood Specialist). The Tonle Sap biosphere covers over 30,000 hectares and provides refuge for some 200 different plant and fish species, along with 42 different reptile species and 15 mammal species. The UN Volunteers train people to conserve and sustainably manage biodiversity and natural resources, meaning that they have to live and learn how life works in the floating villages too. The project runs in partnership with UNDP-GEF and the Government of Japan. (Peter Harris / United Nations Volunteers, 2008)
Bonn, Germany: During the past decade, the seeds of volunteerism have germinated and spread.

Without doubt, if volunteerism takes root, it will bear fruit throughout the future of our planet.

World Environment Day, 5 June 2011

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More about: India  Environment

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