SOUTH SUDAN / UNV DAY

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International Volunteer Day (IVD) was marked in Juba and across South Sudan on Friday under the theme “The world is changing. Are You? Volunteer”. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / UNV DAY
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH/ NATS
DATELINE: 04 DECEMBER, 2015, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Wide shot, Conference hall
2. Med shot, participants
3. Wide shot, participants
4. Wide shot, Mr. Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator at podium
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Mr. Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator:
“UN Volunteers in South Sudan assigned with UNMISS are taking up roles in human rights monitoring, protection of civilians and the support to humanitarian assistance the country. They are deployed in every one of the states.”
6. Med shot, participants
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Mr. Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator:
“On International Volunteers Day 2015, we commend volunteers everywhere who are already making a difference in a changing world, and showing the power of volunteerism to move towards sustainable development. Let us all harness the potential that volunteering has to making global sustainable development a reality. It speaks to each of us to play a role, UN volunteer action, one action one day at a time. “The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer.”
8. Wide shot, participants seated
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rose Omega, a Midwife-UNV:
“I was so excited and I couldn’t believe, I understood it because out of excitement I went blank in my mind. I forgot English. Then I told the next person who was doing Masters at Makerere University, I thought she knew English better and told her can you explain for me what this statement means, in my own language, and then this person was able to explain in my own language the same way I understood. Then I said so you also don’t know English.”
10. Med shot, UN delegation seated
11. Wide shot, UNV’s showing the V sign for Volunteerism

STORYLINE:

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was marked in Juba and across South Sudan, Friday December 4th, 2015, under the theme “The world is changing. Are You? Volunteer”.

This year, the International Volunteer Day celebration was led by the United Nations Volunteer, UNV Executive Coordinator, Richard Dictus, who has been visiting UN Volunteers in South Sudan in recognition of the UNV’s contribution in working on making a difference in the lives of the South Sudanese population.

SOUNDBITE (English) Mr. Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator:
“UN Volunteers in South Sudan assigned with UNMISS are taking up roles in human rights monitoring, protection of civilians and the support to humanitarian assistance the country. They are deployed in every one of the states”

Dictus commended the over 530 volunteers in South Sudan who have been assigned to the UN Mission in South Sudan and other UN agencies, including the funds and programs, like UNHCR, OCHA, WHO, WFP, UN Women and UNDP, for making a difference in South Sudan for their commitment and professionalism.

SOUNDBITE: (English) Mr. Richard Dictus, UNV Executive Coordinator.
“On International Volunteers Day 2015, we commend volunteers everywhere who are already making a difference in a changing world, and showing the power of volunteerism to move towards sustainable development. Let us all harness the potential that volunteering has to making global sustainable development a reality. It speaks to each of us to play a role, UN volunteer action, one action one day at a time. “The world is changing. Are you? Volunteer.”

Rose Omega from Uganda has been volunteering as a mid-wife for one year and eight months in South Sudan. She shared her excitement when she first got the mail asking her to join the UNV family.

SOUNDBITE: Rose Omega a Midwife-UNV
“I was so excited and I couldn’t believe, I understood it because out of excitement I went blank in my mind. I forgot English. Then I told the next person who was doing Masters at Makerere University, I thought she knew English better and told her can you explain for me what this statement means, in my own language, and then this person was able to explain in my own language the same way I understood. Then I said so you also don’t know English.”

In a press statement, Moustapha Soumaré the UNMISS Deputy Representative of the Secretary General, to South Sudan said UNV’s are performing critical functions ensuring that mission operates effectively and delivers on UNMISS’s mandate in a wide range of professions from air operations, movement control, engineering, transport, camp management, rations and supply, procurement, human resources and finance; to civil affairs, human rights, protection of civilians, public information, child protection and many more.

He acknowledged and thanked all our UN Volunteers for their professionalism, commitment and dedication in making things happen in the UN organizations.

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly through Resolution 40/212 on 17 December 1985. Since then, governments, the UN system and civil society organizations have successfully joined volunteers around the world to celebrate the Day on 5 December.
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