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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme

Mr. Olivier ADAM
Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme


It has been proven time and time again that volunteerism plays a key role in countries and regions falling short of the threshold of peace and inclusive social and economic development. Volunteerism facilitates a strong transition between emergency relief and rebuilding productive lives. Volunteerism leverages and strengthens capacities in communities faced with situations of chronic vulnerability.
The Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme have joined forces to strengthen volunteering by building a human resource base for the region. This partnership promotes volunteerism at home and abroad, while at the same time equipping young professionals for richer careers and leadership positions in a more interconnected world.
UNV is extraordinarily proud of the contributions that volunteers from the “Program for Human Resource Development for Peacebuilding and Development” make to development and peace action in some of the most difficult settings in the world. These young men and women in early stages of their careers bring valuable knowledge and enthusiasm to their assignments. And, as is often heard in this line of work, what they take back home with them is even greater – the invaluable experience of having lived and worked side by side with people of other cultures and countries to improve the lives of others.