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Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, speaks at the opening session of the high-level global meeting concluding the Dialogues on the implementation of the post-2015 agenda on the theme of ‘Partnership with Civil Society’ (Siem Reap, Cambodia, 20-21 October 2014) (UNV, 2014)
People’s engagement: the key to sustainable development
21 October 2014
Siem Reap, Cambodia: The Dialogues on the implementation of the post-2015 agenda on the theme of ‘Partnerships with Civil Society’ concluded today in Siem Reap, Cambodia. “The engagement of civil society in the post-2015 agenda needs to be articulated around three issues, notably space, capacity as well as trust and confidence. To deliver on a complex agenda, spanning across environmental, social and economic issues, inclusive opportunities need to be developed for all actors to engage in a complementary way and according to their area of expertise,” said Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator, during the Cambodia high-level meeting. Read
   
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Volunteering the future: A call to arms
16 October 2014
Bonn, Germany: During a recent visit to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre in Istanbul, we discussed at length the many natural synergies between the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and UNDP's development work in Europe and Central Asia. We agreed that for UNV and for UNDP, the critical element is inclusion. To be truly inclusive, we will have to work harder to reach women, minorities, and other vulnerable groups. Volunteerism can be an essential part of that reach. Read
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Statement on the passing of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) member of civilian personnel
14 October 2014
Bonn, Germany: The United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has lost a dedicated member of its UN civilian personnel to Ebola. AbdelFadeel Mohamad Basheer, citizen of the Republic of Sudan, is survived by his wife and nine children.

All of us at the United Nations express deep sadness and our condolences to the family at the passing of AbdelFadeel Mohamad Basheer. We hope that solace can be found in this difficult time by knowing that the sacrifice of medical experts like Mr Basheer will not be in vain. Read
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