We are sharing with you a part of the atmosphere from the International Volunteer Day! Through the workshop on "Defining the strategic priorities of volunteering for peace and development", we were able to define the areas in which active volunteer contribution can result with significant progress of the whole society. The young, enthusiastic people through discussion and group work, proved once again to be our support in building a better and more prosperous future for all of us! Their involvement through volunteering is crucial in the design and implementation of development policies in the world we want.
December 5, marks the International Volunteer Day, an annual opportunity for volunteer organizations, government agencies, private sector and individuals to highlight the contributions that volunteers are making to the development at local, national and international level, combining and joining UN and citizens support together. International Volunteer Day is considered as a unique opportunity for volunteers and organizations to celebrate their efforts, share their values and promote their work in their communities, non-governmental organizations and UN agencies, as well as government agencies and the private sector.
UNV engages and partners with stakeholders, including UN Member States, the UN system and volunteer-involving organizations, to achieve globally-agreed goals related to peace and development. UN Volunteers facilitate effective and inclusive engagement with civil society and community groups, transfer skills and experience across countries of the South and enable the grassroots mobilization of yet more volunteers.
We are volunteering for the world we want.
The UNV Annual Report: Volunteering for the World We Want depicts the work and achievements of UN Volunteers in addressing the challenges of peace and sustainable human development. This report highlights UNV’s partnerships and results, and attests to the commitment, creativity and talent of our UN Volunteers, UN Youth Volunteers and UN Online Volunteers.
With the support of UNV, SOS Children's Villages B&H has implemented the project "Support to primary and secondary schools through formal education and volunteering"
The project aims to enhance personal and professional skills of children and parents and it will elaborate themes of popularization of volunteerism among young people, the importance of reading and learning, building and strengthening their working habits and discussing IT impact on children in their growth and development. In the next two months, professionals from UNV and SOS Children's Villages in B&H, with the support of volunteers - students of Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, will hold 10 workshops for children and parents in five elementary schools (in Sarajevo primary school "Aleksa Santic", "Osman Nakas" , "Fatima Gunic", "Džemaludin Causevic" and primary school "Hasim Spahic" in Ilijaš) A two-month series of workshops will include participation of 200 students and 170 parents, and the main goal for students is to improve their knowledge, confidence, making them an active members in their communities. Also. parents will have the opportunity for learning how to establish and strengthen cooperation with their children, teachers and the community itself. The realization of this project has enabled and supported by UNV Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Volunteering for social inclusion (Regional Presentation of the Report on the state of the world's population)
Regional presentation of the report took place in Sarajevo and we joined many other world cities where this important global report was also presented. United Nations Resident Coordinator in BiH Yuri Afanasiev stressed the importance of this report, taking into account the fact that in the world today live 1.8 billion young people. In Eastern Europe and Central Asia there are about 91 million young people and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, more than 800,000 young people. One of the key messages of the report is that the figure of 91 million young people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a great opportunity to transform the future.
United Nations Population Fund each year publishes a report on the state of world population, and this year, as UNFPA Representative for BiH Doina Bologea pointed out, this is a particularly important report because it deals with issues of power 1.8 billion young people in the world.
"The report highlights the fact that never before in human history, there has not lived such a large number of young people. This is particularly important at a time when the world is preparing a global program for sustainable development. Although adults are the ones who bring these documents and work on this programs, it is always necessary to consult the opinion of young people and their needs involved in this process, "said Bologa.
With the right policies and investments in human capital, the state can empower young people to manage economic and social development and to encourage income per capita, according to a new report by UNFPA. Promotional event, which was held in Sarajevo Youth Theatre was conceived as "open stage" on which the young activists from all parts of the country gathered to present various modalities of effective engagement, and emphasized the necessity of investing in the development of their full potential. Students of the Center "Vladimir Nazor" from Sarajevo, together with representatives of the UNV in BiH, collaborated on creating a presentation that was held as a part of this promotional event. Key focus was to present volunteering as a tool of social inclusion, care for the community, empathy, and active participation of all the groups that make up a young population category in BiH. We talked about our mutual engagement in UN Day volunteer action that took place in Kladanj which was directly related to flood recovery activities in B&H. We have also talked about independent forms of social participation of Vladimir Nazor`s students, such as: art crafts, scarves, greeting cards, postcards, wood products etc. Main aim of the presentation was to show that children with special needs are also the actors on the social youth scene with significant contribution in it. They are not just recipients of our assistance and compassion, but also an important part of the population with great potential that a society should welcome with their generous support!
Watch out our UN Day volunteer action video from Kladanj!
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkPQaSrefjo&feature=youtu.be
This year, United Nations Day has been celebrated in Bosnia and Herzegovina with a series of voluntary actions under the joint heading For CoUNtless DAYs of Play and Joy. Over 300 local volunteers, employees of United Nations agencies and members of civil society organisations have all joined forces to help set up and improve playgrounds that cater for more than 2,000 children and citizens in Doboj, Sanski Most, Kladanj, Čelinac and Šamac.
Voluntary actions on the UN Day included setting up and equipping playgrounds in Doboj, Sanski Most, Čelinac and Kladanj, as well as landscaping in Alžirac social-housing community in the municipality of Šamac. The voluntary actions have been financially supported by the Embassy of Romania in the amount of 40,000 USD whereas the materials and working hours have been contributed by the volunteers and the UN agencies.
Our flash mob video is out! Follow the link and check out our dance steps!
On 21st September UNV`s local volunteers have marked International day of peace by performing a flash mob in front of BBI center in Sarajevo. This day is celebrated in the whole world with an unique goal of spreading universal peace message and unity among all people.
You want to become more active? Volunteering is your choice? Sign up our on-line registration form and become a member of UNV BiH Local Volunteer Pool!