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Join Comhlámh In The Irish Launch of 2015 UN Volunteers State of the World’s Volunteerism Report.

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We would like to invite you to the Oak Room of the Mansion House on 12 November for the Irish launch of the United Nations Volunteering State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, from 2.30pm – 4.30pm.


The UNV report, titled “Transforming Governance” is the first global review of the power of volunteer voices to help improve the way people are governed.  The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report is the first global review of volunteers’ contribution to better governance.


Globally, more than 1 billion people volunteer!


Richard Dictus (UNV Executive Coordinator) and Amanda Mukwashi (UNV Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation) will give opening speeches, and Mark Cumming (Head of Comhlámh) and a representative from Irish Aid will respond.
There will be a 30 minute question and answer session.

UNV’s Executive Coordinator Richard Dictus said:

“The potential of volunteers to help create truly people-centred development is enormous, but, as yet, far from fully tapped.  In order to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals we need to see the participation of all sections of society. Volunteers have a critical role to play in representing the voices of those who are often excluded from development decisions, including women and other groups who may be marginalised”.


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We will also be joined by Brendan McGrath of Irish Aid. Brendan commenced his career in development cooperation in 1985 as a volunteer with Gorta in Zimbabwe. He joined Irish Aid through APSO in 1989 and has since served in a number of posts at HQ and overseas. He became the APSO regional field director based in Harare until 1993 with responsibility for APSO and Irish Sending Agency personnel in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Then he was based at the Irish Embassy in Lusaka Zambia. Worked on Irish Aid supported urban upgrading projects across Zambia. He is currently the deputy director of the multilateral unit DCD, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


You read the Report and its executive summary here in English, French and Spanish. More information on UN Volunteers can be accessed here.


1 Billion.

More than 1 billion people volunteer globally, the majority of them working in their own countries. Many are in the forefront of efforts to improve the way they and their fellow citizens are governed and engaged – volunteers are playing a vital role in making governments worldwide more accountable and responsive to their citizens. They are working with governments and civil society to hold those in power to account, to represent the voices of those who are often left out of development decisions such as women, youth and marginalised groups. The end result is more inclusive – and ultimately more effective – development.

Watch volunteers in action here.

About The United Nations Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. UNV, with Field Units in 86 countries, is represented worldwide through the offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board.



Ms. Mukwashi is the Chief of the UNV Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation Section responsible for policy, research, innovation and advocacy. With an educational background in Law, she has worked for over 20 years in development on issues of gender justice, civic engagement, economic empowerment and volunteerism. Among some of the organizations she has worked with and roles she has held are: VSO as Director of Policy, COMESA (the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) as Head of Women in Business, UNFPA Gender Population and Development Programme as National Coordinator and Skillshare International as Head of Programmes.


Mr. Richard Dictus (Netherlands) took up his appointment as the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme on 2 January 2013. Richard joined UNV after having served as United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Malawi (January 2009 – December 2012). During his four years in Malawi, Richard worked towards his vision of a unified and coordinated UN system in Malawi, which supports the country to achieve its development efforts with increased efficiency and innovation.



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