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10 April 2011
Activism, solidarity, volunteering at Manu Chao concert by Bojana Batinic and Beta Siebenmann
In addition to creating music famous for blending languages and music styles, Manu Chao is also one of the most socially-engaged artists and activists drawing attention to social issues and promoting tolerance and solidarity. (UNV/A. Kapetanovic)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: As part of this nine-country Balkan tour, Manu Chao is donating the proceeds from tour merchandise to support local activists and organizations introducing positive changes to society.   Read article
06 April 2011
Village volunteers and a healthier Nepal 
(Left-right) Sushmita Sumbhamphe, 22, who is nine months pregnant, and her mother listen to Chandra Maya, a woman community health volunteer, at their home in Chowkmagu Village in Panchthar District in the remote, mountainous Eastern Region. Chandra holds a chart with the names of all the pregnant women in the village, together with their ages, number of pregnancies and live births, and frequency of their antenatal visits. Sushmita receives regular antenatal check-ups, and has been taking Vitamin A, iron and folic acid supplements. However, she has anaemia and swelling in her limbs. While Chandra has advised an institutional delivery, Sushmita plans to deliver her baby at home with the help of her mother, who has no midwifery experience. They will send for Chandra if complications arise. Chandra is a trained birth assistant, and has conducted over 150 deliveries in the past 14 years. (UNICEF/Anita Khemka)
Kathmandu, Nepal: "In the last 15 years, we have managed to reduce child mortality by two-thirds... it can be credited the role played by the Female Community Health Volunteers."  Read article
More about: Nepal  Gender  Health
06 April 2011
Editorial: Barefoot doctors and angels in white coats 
Manju, a volunteer nurse, checks the blood pressure of a pregnant woman during the weekly antenatal clinic at Panchthar District Hospital in the village of Phidim in the remote, mountainous Eastern Region. At the clinic, women receive checkups, nutrition counselling and tetanus vaccinations, as well as iron and Vitamin A supplements. (UNICEF/Anita Khemka)
In a world where so few people have ready access to healthcare, volunteers can create big changes.

From community health volunteers to surgeons responding to crisis to the volunteers in healthcare trials, where would we be without them?

World Health Day, 7 April 2011

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More about: Health
29 March 2011
Volunteerism need of the hour by Nethali Struys
The major initiative of International Year of Volunteers, the IYV+10 steering Committee, the Volunteer Forum commenced on Friday at the Galle Face Hotel under the motto "Celebrating the Great Diversity of Volunteers in Sri Lanka".

The event brought together around a group of 150 participants including a range of stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, youth organizations, academia and government, to network inspire, to inspire and foster a national dialogue towards strengthening the volunteerism spirit and actions in Sri Lanka.

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From: Daily News, Sri Lanka
More about: Sri Lanka  Advocacy
29 March 2011
Latin American organizations take common position on volunteering 
The meeting in Quito, organized by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme with the financial support of the White Helmets Commission of Argentina, brings together people from across Latin America: Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru and Uruguay are all represented. (UNV)
Quito, Ecuador: Organizations from across Latin American civil society have agreed to work together on influencing policy and promoting the impact of volunteer work on development.  Read article
28 March 2011
Voluntary sector gathers to boost development debate in Latin America 
Volunteering organizations are gathering in Quito for the first in a series of get-togethers aimed at paving the way for a World Volunteer Coalition.

The Quito meeting aims to start shifting the development debate in Latin America, and will be followed in April and May by further regional consultations in Turkey, the Philippines and Senegal.
Quito, Ecuador: "Volunteering is an essential tool of governance by the people and for the people, a tool for citizens’ participation": Ricardo Carrillo, Under-Secretary of People, Social Movements and Citizen Participation in Ecuador.

Volunteering organizations are currently gathering in Quito for the first in a series of get-togethers aimed at paving the way for a World Volunteer Coalition.  Read article
More about: Ecuador  Advocacy
Other languages: en español  
28 March 2011
Encuentro del sector voluntario impulsa debate sobre desarrollo en América Latina 
Un encuentro que reúne a diferentes entidades involucradas en el voluntariado se celebra hoy en Quito, en el primero de una serie de encuentros para abrir el camino hacia una Coalición Mundial de Voluntariado. El encuentro pretende fortalecer la agenda del voluntariado e impulsar el debate sobre el desarrollo en América Latina. A este le seguirán otros encuentros regionales, en abril y mayo, en Turquía, Filipinas y Senegal.
Quito, Ecuador: "El voluntariado es una herramienta fundamental de gobierno por y para el pueblo, una herramienta de participación ciudadana," ha dicho Ricardo Carrillo, Viceministro de la Secretaría de Pueblos, Movimientos Sociales y Participación Ciudadana de Ecuador. El encuentro de Quito reúne a diferentes entidades involucradas en el voluntariado para abrir el camino hacia una Coalición Mundial de Voluntariado.   Read article
More about: Ecuador  Advocacy
Other languages: in English  
26 March 2011
Earth Hour: 26 March 2011 
Global: Here's a simple way we can all volunteer and make a difference - switch off the lights! Earth Hour makes a statement about climate change, and at 8:30pm, lights will switch off around the globe and people will commit to actions that go beyond the hour...   Visit site
More about: Environment
23 March 2011
Water is life by Anna Paolini
Amman, Jordan: Modern environmental activism and awareness is largely the result of the dedication of volunteers, and UNV will be supporting a number of community events such as the activities at Nayfeh throughout 2011 which happens to be the 10th anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers.

Indeed, the responsibility in addressing the water scarcity challenge in Jordan rests with all corners of society, from the government to corporations, international organisations and most importantly individual citizens.

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From: Jordan Times, Jordan
More about: Jordan  Environment  MDG 7
23 March 2011
Counting the volunteers the world counts on 
Baltimore, USA:

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Civil Society Studies announced the release of a new manual to help statistical agencies around the world track the amount, type and value of volunteer work in their countries.

The manual, drafted by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the ILO and an International Technical Experts Group, and with the support of the United Nations Volunteers, represents the first-ever internationally sanctioned guidance to statistical agencies for generating reliable, official data on volunteer work using a common definition and approach.

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From: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
More about: Research

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