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UN Volunteers

 

 

UN Volunteers programme

 

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) was established by the UN General Assembly in 1970, and is administered by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). It supports sustainable human development through the promotion and mobilization of volunteers. It serves the causes of peace and development through enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. It is universal, inclusive and embraces volunteer action in all its diversity and values free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity, which are the foundations of volunteerism. Since the early 1990’s the UNV programme has also taken a very active role in support of the UN peacekeeping operations. The programme has a network of partners which include co-operating agencies, UN agencies and more than 130 UNDP country offices.

 

For more information on UNV programme activities or to register to be a UNV, please visit: http://www.unv.org/

 

 

 

UN Volunteers programme in UNAMID

 

The United Nations Volunteers programme was officially launched in UNAMID in January 2008. The programme was already an important component of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), with presence of 56 UN Volunteers deployed across Darfur, from 2005 until 2007.

 

As part of the close collaborative relationship that the UNV programme has develop with United Nations Peacekeeping (DPKO), UN Volunteers quickly became a valuable asset for the execution of UNAMID’s Mandate, channeling to Darfur the experience and professionalism of hundreds of UN Volunteers, covering all areas of work, making significant contributions to peace and development in Darfur. As of September 2013, there are 414 UN Volunteers serving with UNAMID. 

 

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Mary Grace Ariza: Working to Move the Mission Forward!
Ms. Mary Grace Ariza has been serving with the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) as a United Nations Volunteer for the past five years. She arrived in Darfur from her home country, the Republic of the Philippines,  in January 2009, as an Assistant in the Contingent Owned Equipment (COE) section.
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Marianna Carvalho’s efforts to improve road safety with UNAMID

In 2009 Marianna Carvalho left the comfort of her work at the Office of Emergency Management of the City of New York to come to Darfur and fulfill her dream of becoming a UN Volunteer. Assigned as a Transport and Logistics Assistant for the Transport Section in the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), she describes her experience in Darfur as a “strong hands-on approach to a very challenging scenario”.

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UN Volunteers bringing water relief to Darfur

Located in the west side of Sudan, Darfur is one of the many African regions affected by desertification, which, combined with a recent history of armed conflict, a high number of internally displaced persons and a very fragile economy, creates challenging living conditions. Against this background, the African Union - United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) has deployed a team of UN Volunteers consisting of onegeophysicist, one water analyst, three hydro geologists, four engineering assistants and five water and sanitation technicians into Darfur to work on water and environmental issues, while contributing to peace building in the region.

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UN Volunteers saving lives in Darfur

The only Electro-medical Technicians working for any peacekeeping mission round the world to date are UN Volunteers serving with the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). When Ibrahim Vuni from Uganda and Leonardo Viray from The Philippines were deployed to Darfur in June 2008, neither man knew he was going to help build from scratch the Mission’s world class medical services.

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