Monday, 18 January 2021

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo

Angélique KidjoInternationally acclaimed singer dedicates song to volunteers worldwide as UN General Assembly prepares for landmark volunteerism discussion.

Internationally acclaimed singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Angélique Kidjo, joined forces with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme this week, ahead of a 5 December UN General Assembly Session on volunteerism. UNV’s message to Member States is clear - millions of volunteers are changing lives for the better every day and with better recognition and support much more can be done.


How to be a volunteer through the United Nations

How to become a volunteerEveryone can contribute their time, skills and knowledge through volunteer action, and their combined efforts can be a significant force for achieving peace and development.

Volunteering makes important economic and social contributions, contributing to a more cohesive society by building trust and reciprocity among citizens. It can be both challenging and rewarding and require you to use your skills in a new context. You can also transfer useful knowledge while gaining a greater understanding of the issues affecting other people.


The life of a volunteer: Johanna

Johanna HarjunpääJohanna Harjunpää is a 27-year-old Finnish university graduate with a Master’s Degree in Ethnology. At the beginning of 2011, she left Finland for Nicaragua to spend six months as an ETVO volunteer. ETVO is a Finnish volunteer programme that is organized by KEPA (The Service Centre for Development Cooperation). Johanna spent six months volunteering for an environment education project of an NGO called Movimiento Comunal Nicaragüense in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. The project organized a course in environment education, nursery gardens and recycling operations at six schools in Matagalpa. Now she works as a programme assistant for ETVO in Helsinki, Finland. Here are some of her thoughts about volunteering.


The life of a volunteer: Thomas

Thomas DebrouwerTell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Thomas Debrouwer, 27. I am a volunteer with the United Nations World Food Program in Quito, Ecuador.

Where do you do your volunteer work?
Mainly here in Quito


UNV online initiative to mark International Volunteer Day 2011

UNV_LogoJoin United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and Grammy-award winning singer, Angelique Kidjo, in showing the world why volunteering matters. You can help UNV showcase the power of volunteer action in every country. Until 6 December, help light-up the world by watching the weekly video and responding to the weekly question with your best photo and caption.


European Year of Volunteering

John Macdonald2011 is the European Year of Volunteering. A couple of days before the Year’s closing conference in Warsaw on 1 and 2 December, we interviewed John Macdonald, Head of Task Force for the European Year of Volunteering 2011, from the European Commission Directorate-General for Communication, to obtain more insights into the year’s objectives and its preliminary results.

  • Can you tell us what the European Year of Volunteering is about and what its objectives are?  


Interview with Angelique Kidjo about UNV and why it matters


  • Every year about 7,500 people register as volunteers through the UNV.

  • People from over 160 countries serve as volunteers in over 130 different countries.

  • 80 percent come from developing countries, 20 percent from industrialized nations.

  • 40 percent work in Africa, 26 percent work in Asia and 15 per cent in Central and Eastern Europe; the remainder are to be found in the Arab States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

  • 30 percent serve in the world's poorest nations. Half work outside capital cities, frequently in remote towns and villages.

Requirements for a UN Volunteer:

  • You need to be aged 25 or more to be an on-field volunteer. Younger people can become online volunteers.

  • You need to hold a university degree.

  • You need two years of work experience.