• YKA Debates: Global Goals for DevelopmentYKA Debates: Global Goals for DevelopmentOn 12 October 2015, politically conscious students from across Delhi participated in YKA Debates, a new interactive format that is designed to cover themes especially relevant to Indian youth and that simultaneously reaches out to young people from all around the world by live-streaming the debate online.

  • Asia-Pacific Launch of State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2015Asia-Pacific Launch of State of the World's Volunteerism Report 2015On 23 June, UN Volunteers India in collaboration with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and UNDP welcomed young volunteers, academics, civil society representatives as well as private sector and media associates to launch the 2015 State of the World's Volunteerism Report. The Report was launched by Rajeev Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport, UNV Deputy Executive Coordinator Rosemary Kalapurakal, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Louis George Arsenault, and Rajesh Tandon from Participatory Research in Asia. Lead author Amanda Mukwashi herself presented SWVR's key findings. The Launch was followed by a lively discussion on the role volunteerism in facilitating sustainable development and good governance. Our short video recap gives you some first-hand impressions directly from the event.

  • International Volunteer Day 2014International Volunteer Day 2014International Volunteer Day on 5 December is an opportunity to celebrate the crucial role that volunteers play in improving the lives of people around the world. In India, join us on Sunday, 14 December in a Cyclothon for Clean India as hundreds of residents of Delhi cycle around the city drawing attention to the role we can all play in cleaning the Yamuna.

  • UN Volunteers Train NSS Youth in ChennaiFrom June 22nd to June 28th 2009, two members of the UNV team in India, assisted as resource persons at the NSS Mega Summer Camp 2009 in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Chennai. The summer camp was attended by over 400 NSS volunteers, representing states from across India. The training on volunteerism was held on six consecutive days and addressed all 400 youths in the course of the camp. It was carried out in conjunction with RGNIYD staff, covered topics such as ‘what is volunteering’, results indicators, the Millennium Development Goals and the importance of teamwork.

  • IYV+10 India CampaignIYV+10 provided an opportunity to renew enthusiasm and a platform for national constituencies and stakeholders to come together for planning the future role of volunteerism in India.

  • National Consultation on Youth VolunteerismA national consultation on youth volunteerism was organized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MoYAS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) on 12 November. The consultation focused on a Plan of Action for implementing the draft National Youth Policy (2013) and a National Youth Volunteer Programme for India, keeping in view the 12th Five-Year Plan and the recommendations of the post-2015 development agenda.

  • International Volunteer Day 2013International Volunteer Day 2013The United Nations Volunteers Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports is organising an event to mark International Volunteers Day 2013. The event will recognize volunteerism and pay special tribute to the contribution of youth volunteers.

  • Discovering the River of Life by Maria Belmonte SaldanaDiscovering the River of Life by Maria Belmonte SaldanaSpanish university volunteer Maria Belmonte Saldaña gets stuck into the ‘Greenathon’, a clean-up of the polluted Yamuna river. (UNV)

  • UNV Launches its Flagship Publication on Volunteerism on International Volunteers DayUNV launched its flagship publication on Volunteerism, ‘Volunteering in India: Contexts, Perspectives and Discourses’ for promoting the value addition that volunteers bring to national development priorities. The publication presents the viewpoints and experiences of eminent people and volunteers from different disciplines on the ethos, tradition and diversity of volunteering in the Indian Context.

  • United Nations Volunteers continues to support My Earth My DutyUnited Nations Volunteers continues to support ‘My Earth My Duty' of Zee News Ltd – a pan-India campaign instigating youth action on imperative issues of human induced climate change. Since its launch in 2010, it has been supported by over 50 million youth volunteers in almost all the headquarters in 34 cities and 1.2 lac villages across India. The campaign enters its third year in July 2012, with a series of ground events followed by a nationwide plantation drive starting Aug 15-21, 2012. With India completing 65 years of Independence this year, the initiative will urge the citizens to fight for their independence from global warming, thus encouraging a patriotic fervor.

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