Meet the volunteers bringing back the sound of music to Switzerland

If you were passionate about a cause, would you give up a well-paid job for it – even if it drove your parents mad?

That’s what Ya Wang from Beijing, China, did, and now he’s helping other volunteers to promote youth empowerment through concerts, through the organization, Up With People.

They’re on tour in Switzerland, which is where UN News’s Daniel Johnson caught up with Ya, along with fellow cast member Ahmed Hassan from Aleppo, Syria, who has his own story to tell.

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Volunteering is "contagious"

“Volunteering” is contagious in a positive way according to a representative from a Kenya based organisation, who attended a UN-supported conference on volunteering, recently held in Mexico.

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UN highlights vital role played by volunteers worldwide in development

The United Nations is set to recognize the work of millions of volunteers around the globe and launch the first-ever report on the state of world volunteerism, spotlighting the role they play in development.

Multi-billion dollar value of volunteer work the focus of UN-backed conference

Ways to measure the economic value of volunteer work that amounts worldwide to hundreds of billions and possibly trillions of dollars, will take centre stage on the final day of a United Nations-backed conference in Budapest tomorrow.

Feature: Just another day in the life of a UN volunteer

From treating AIDS patients to rebuilding confidence for war-scarred villagers to dealing with cattle rustlers, more than 7,500 United Nations Volunteers (UNV) fan out around the globe every year, giving their time, hearts and sweat to helping some of world’s most deprived and traumatized people.

UN Volunteers take the stage at Japan Expo

The critical role of United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in promoting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be highlighted at Expo 2005 at the UN Pavilion in Aichi, Japan this month.

Annan hails dedication, courage of volunteers

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the dedication and courage of millions of selfless volunteers who, day-in day-out, work without publicity to help millions of others in a world dominated by news of war, conflicts and other man-made disasters.

UN mourns loss of senior official Sharon Capeling-Alakija

Staff members and diplomats at the United Nations gathered today to pay tribute to the late executive coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV), Sharon Capeling-Alakija, whom UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan called “a natural world citizen inspired by a profound desire to help build better lives for others.”

UN volunteers programme teams up with BASF to help developing countries

The United Nations Volunteers programme (UNV) today announced the launch of a cooperation agreement with BASF, one of the world's leading chemical companies, to promote the services of corporate volunteers in developing countries.

Burkina Faso: UN volunteers announce new project to assist poor youth

United Nations Volunteers (UNV), the Bonn-based volunteer arm of the UN system, today announced plans to support poor and marginalized young people living in cities in Burkina Faso.