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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Program

Mr. Toily Kurbanov

Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme

COVID-19 presented unprecedented global challenges in 2020, but it has also highlighted the value of volunteerism, solidarity and a shared sense of global community. Volunteerism promotes ownership and participation, ensures sustainability of the results and that ‘no one is left behind’.

Over the last decade, the Hiroshima Peacebuilders Center (HPC) and the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme have worked closely together, promoting volunteerism and at the same time equipping young professionals with practical knowledge and skills to contribute effectively to peacebuilding and development.

Volunteering with the Program for Human Resource Development enables young talents from Japan to contribute to empowering women, youth and marginalized groups and to help build trust among local communities involved in some of the world’s most fragile peace processes. By working abroad alongside national counterparts, they also bring something very special back home: the understanding that the building of bridges between people from different countries and cultures is a root cause for positive change.