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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organisation that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation.
UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilising an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world.
UNV began its operations in China in 1981 in support of the UN system. Under the administration of UNDP, it has been contributing to development results through volunteerism. As of today over 250 international and national UN Volunteers have served in United Nations programmes in China, and nearly 200 Chinese volunteers have supported poverty alleviation, micro finance, environmental protection, cultural heritage protection, HIV and AIDS prevention, migration and NGO development in over 35 countries as international UN Volunteers.
Volunteerism is embedded in traditional Chinese culture. With a strong emphasis on family and community, traditional Chinese culture has a far-reaching influence on volunteers. Ancient Chinese philosophers from the time of Mencius in the 4th century BC advocated ideas of “benevolence”, “neighbourhood” and “social ideals”. There is a direct link between these and the concepts of modern volunteerism. After the founding of the PRC in 1949, the ideas of “serving the people” and “learning from Lei Feng and doing good deeds” were precursors to the idea of modern volunteerism. With government support volunteerism is steadily growing and The 2008 Beijing Olympics were a proud recognition of the spirit of public service in China, mobilising more than 1.7 million volunteers to ensure the games ran smoothly.
Moving into the second decade of the 21st century, China faces new opportunities for greater social and economic development. As volunteerism continues to grow in popularity and efficacy, UNV will continue to play what it hopes will be an ever-increasing role in China’s development.
UNV China has been utilizing social media platforms such as Weibo to increase public awareness about the contribution of volunteers to peace and social development, calling for aspiring action to volunteerism through the promotion of national UN Volunteer opportunities, as well as of project cooperation and events relevant to the work of the UN Volunteers China Country Office. For more information, please visit our official Weibo Page.
The International Volunteer Service Exchange Conference was held by UNV and the Beijing Volunteer Service Federation at the China National Convention Center from October 12th-13th 2015. The conference convened 95 participants from 27 countries on all five continents. It was the first multilateral international conference in recent history on volunteer service in and from middle-income countries. The conference also provided an opportunity to explore China's international strategic role and foreign aid, and represents a significant step for the development of international and Chinese volunteering.
In China, UNV (administered by UNDP) is the key UN organisation working on volunteerism for development. As a member of the UN China Sub-Group on Youth, it liaises with other UN agencies to advance youth development in China. In partnership with the Beijing Municipal Government, UNV China also played a key role in training over 1.5 million sport-for-development event management volunteers during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
UNV/UNDP China has also implemented 2 volunteer infrastructure capacity-building projects with the Beijing and Shanghai Municipal Governments. As an example: Oone component of the Umbrella Programme on Strengthening Civic Engagement and Social Innovations through Volunteerism for Development in China initiated in 2011, Project of Strengthening Beijing Voluntary Service Development through Civic Participation and Regional and International Cooperation is a cooperation between the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges (CICETE), Beijing Youth League (BYL), Beijing Volunteer Service Federation (BVF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Volunteers (UNV).
The overall aim of this project is to improve the volunteer infrastructure and volunteer management capacity in Beijing to promote the development of volunteerism in Beijing towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and the goal of the Chinese Government to eliminate poverty and strengthen a moderately well-off (Xiao Kang) Society. For more information please download the BVF Project final report.
International UNV volunteers serve in countries other than their own. They are recruited for specialised inputs to development programmes, and increasingly, in the areas of peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and UN-supported electoral processes.
The UNV programme maintains a roster of candidates with relevant experience in these sectors. It covers more than 100 professional categories including, for example, programme/project development, administration, communications, community development, demobilisation and reintegration, disaster prevention, humanitarian and civil affairs, engineering, environment, HIV/AIDS, medicine, human rights, logistics and election support.
For more information please visit: http://www.unv.org/how-to-volunteer
What is provided to a International UN Volunteer?
National UN Volunteers are Chinese nationals (including Hong Kong SAR and Macao SAR permanent residents) who serve inside mainland China. They are recruited for specialised inputs to development programmes administered by UN and partner Chinese Government agencies in China. The UNV programme recruits candidates with relevant experience in these sectors locally. Popular assignment categories include programme/project development, administration, communications, community development, education, environmental protection, disaster prevention, public health, HIV/AIDS and poverty reduction.
What is provided to a national UN volunteer?
The UN Youth Volunteers Programme is a new initiative which aims to facilitate the engagement of university students in global peace and sustainable human development through volunteerism, bringing the voice of youth into the development discourse and helping young people to realize their full social, economic and human potential. UN Youth University Volunteers contribute in a meaningful way to the work of the United Nations, supporting field offices and headquarters on a range of programmes and projects related to food security, peacebuilding, women’s rights, climate change adaptation, and other global issues.
Since 2004, 67 student volunteers from Japan and 277 student volunteers from Spain have participated.Since 2015, 23 student volunteers from Hong Kong SAR have served on 6-month assignments throughout SE Asia.
For more information about UNV HongKong Universities Volunteer Programme, please visit http://www.avs.org.hk/en/unv
UNV’s Online Volunteering service connects development organizations and volunteers over the Internet and supports their effective online collaboration. It gives development organizations access to a broader pool of knowledge and resources to enhance their capacities, while it offers individuals worldwide additional opportunities to volunteer for development and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
If you are interested in volunteering online, your first stop should be UNV's Online Volunteering service at http://www.onlinevolunteering.org
The Online Volunteering service has enabled more than 1,000 non-profit development organisations (including CSOs, government institutions, academic institutions and United Nations agencies) to benefit from the support of more than 12,000 individuals from 182 countries (60% women, 40% from developing countries in 2007) who:
There have been 25 organizations based in China, collaborating with 1981 online volunteers to enhance development work in China.
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