On December 5th, the United Nations volunteers serving in Ukraine along with the local community celebrate the International Volunteer Day by organizing press-conference and Volunteer Organizations’ Information Fair to start at 14.30 in the House of Teachers (57 Volodymyrska Str). b_102_64_16777215_00_images_content_news_622.jpg On December 5th, the United Nations volunteers serving in Ukraine along with the local community celebrate the International Volunteer Day by organizing press-conference and Volunteer Organizations’ Information Fair to start at 14.30 in the House of Teachers (57 Volodymyrska Str).
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On December 5th, the United Nations volunteers serving in Ukraine along with the local community celebrate the International Volunteer Day by organizing press-conference and Volunteer Organizations’ Information Fair to start at 14.30 in the House of Teachers (57 Volodymyrska Str).

The speakers of the press-conference “Volunteerism and achievement of Millennium Development Goals: the importance of volunteers in the development process” will be H.E. Mr. Francis M. O’DONNELL, UN Resident Coordinator in Ukraine, and himself a former United Nations Volunteer (1976-1978), Ms. Ani LORAK singer and previous UN Goodwill Ambassador, Mr. Oleg SKRYPKA, singer and leader of VV music band, Mr. Karl BECK, US Peace Corp Director, Ms. Alla KHABAROVA, Director of Red Cross Ukraine, Ms. Cristina TURCI, UN Volunteers Programme Officer. The participants will talk about their experiences as supporters and representatives of the volunteers’ movement and underline the importance of volunteers’ engagement in order to eradicate extreme poverty at a global level. As important actors of the Ukrainian development process, they will also highlight the achievements accomplished by the volunteers so far in Ukraine and the future prospective for a strengthened a fruitful cooperation among Volunteers Involving Organizations (VIOs) in Ukraine.

Also, the Volunteers Organization Information Fair will be opened to demonstrate activities of more then 20 local and international VIOs operating un Ukraine including US Peace Corps, Ukrainian Red Cross Society, International Foundation Caritas Ukraine, Ukrainian Association for Youth Co-operation ALTERNATIVE-V, Dobra Volya Volunteers, Age Concern Ukraine, Network of PLWHA, School of Equal Opportunity, others. The representatives of these organizations will inform Kyiv community about the great potential of volunteers’ activities through different communication tools and visual arts, including little performances.

Photoreport on this event is available here

For more information, please, contact:
Cristina Turci (Cristina.Turci@undp.org), tel: 044 253 9363 or
Veronika Vashchenko (veronika.vashchenko@undp.org), tel: 044 254 0035, mob: 067 927 6038

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Background information on the UN Volunteers Programme:

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) is the volunteer arm of the United Nations. Created by the UN General Assembly in 1970 to serve as an operational partner in development cooperation at the request of UN member states, it mobilizes qualified UN Volunteers and encourages people to become active in volunteering in their countries. It is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and works through UNDP's country offices around the world.

Some 7,300 qualified and experienced women and men of nearly 160 nationalities are serving each year in developing countries as UN Volunteers. Since 1971, some 30,000 UN Volunteers have worked in about 140 countries. Currently, nearly 70 per cent are citizens of developing countries while the remaining 30 per cent come from the industrialized world.

What do they do? They work in technical cooperation with governments, with community-based initiatives, in humanitarian relief and rehabilitation and in support of human rights, electoral and peace-building processes. They are professionals who work on a peer basis. They listen and discuss, teach and train, encourage and facilitate. Volunteers also share and exchange ideas, skills and experience.

In which sectors do they work? The UNV programme involves a wide spread of sectors: it maintains a roster covering 115 professional categories. Agriculture, health and education feature prominently, as do human rights promotion, information and communication technology, community development, vocational training, industry and population.

Where are they working? Over the years, they have served in about 140 countries. Today 40 per cent are at work in Africa, 26 per cent in Asia and the Pacific, and 15 per cent in Central and Eastern Europe; the remainder is to be found in the Arab States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Thirty per cent serve in the world's poorest nations -- the least developed. Half work outside capital cities, frequently in remote towns and villages. This is in response to expressed needs, and it reflects the commitment which volunteers bring. Included here are the field workers serving at the grassroots level in Asia, the Pacific and Africa. These are practitioners with excellent track records in village-level community work; they exchange skills and knowledge among countries of those regions.

UNV in Ukraine: The first UNV served in Ukraine in 1993. Since then 38 UN volunteers (25 International UNVs and 13 National UNVs) have served in our country. Currently there are 20 UNVs serving in Ukraine: 9 International and 11 Nationals. 12 are based in Kiev and 8 in different regions of Ukraine. All of them are actively involved in different development projects related to the areas of: fight against AIDS/HIV(4), community development in Chernobyl affected areas (11), Human Rights (4), UNV Program development (1).