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Dear all,

This ffh issue of UNV in Cambodia is
flled with the many actvites that have
taken place over the past fve months.
Recently the UN Volunteers have been
very busy with the second round of Post
2015 Dialogues, the UNV Retreat, the
Volunteerism Caravan Pilot and the
Phnom Penh Model United Natons.
This issue also features the achievements
of two Natonal UN Volunteers :Sinet
Seap, Gender Equality Project Ofcer at
UN Women, who was one of the frst
youth delegates supported by UN Women
Cambodia to atend the Commission on
the Status of Women in New York and
Mana Kheang who is the LGBT Human
Rights Ofcer for Being LGBT in Asia
initatve based at the OHCHR Cambodia.

Have a great summer everyone!

Thank you,
Your UNV Field Unit
Inspiraton in Acton Newsleter # 5 Phnom Penh, July 2014
News from UNV HQ 1
How to become a UN Volunteer? 1
LGBT Rights are Human Rights 2
Cambodian Youth have their say in Post 2015 Dialogues 3
Womens Rights in New York 4
Volunteers, Landmines and Team Building, UNV Annual Retreat 5
Volunteerism Caravan, Batambang 6
Why should you volunteer? VolCam Informaton Session at IFL 7
Phnom Penh Model United Natons 8
ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme 9

On the 9th April, UNV HQ launched its frst
UNV Strategic Framework 2014-2017, which
focuses on harnessing the power of
volunteers and volunteerism to support the
achievement of internatonally agreed goals.
The Strategic Framework will guide UNVs
work over the coming four years and refects
a focus on working more systematcally with
UN partners to jointly deliver more impact in
peace and development.
It directs UNV eforts and programme
resources into fve priority areas where
volunteerism has a transformatonal and
cumulatve impact on the lives of people:

(i) securing access to basic social services;
(ii) community resilience for environment and
disaster risk reducton;
(iii) peace building;
(iv) youth; and
(v) natonal capacity development through
volunteer schemes.

The vision of UNV is a world where volunteerism is
recognized, within societes, as a way for all people
and countries to achieve peace and development
through the simultaneous eradicaton of poverty and
signifcant reducton of inequalites and exclusion.
One of the new initatves developed at UNV HQ is to
increase opportunites for interacton among feld
units at regional level. In this context, Isabelle
Devylder, UNV Programme Ofcer joined the UNV
Programme Ofcers from Asia, Pacifc, Europe and
the Commonwealth of Independent States, in a
Regional Capacity Development Workshop in

It was a great moment of experience
sharing, peer learning and strategic
discussions about UNV positoning in
the region, including programming
and mobilizaton opportunites.
Partcipants included Rosemary
Kalapurakal, UNV Deputy Executve
Coordinator, as well as HQ Portolio
Managers and colleagues from the
Volunteer Knowledge and Innovaton
Secton (VKIS).
News from UNV HQ
UNV HQ & UN Learning Session
There are many misperceptons about
volunteerism; including that it is ofen
considered a western concept. The UN
looks at volunteerism with a
broad approach by recognizing the
many and varied manifestatons of
Given the growing interest among UN
colleagues about the UNV programme,
UNV Cambodia held a special discus-
sion in March as part of the UN Learning
It was also an opportunity for UN staf to learn how they could become UN Volunteers and
gain internatonal experience. Currently more than 80% of UN Volunteers come from the
South, serving with 35 UN enttes in 127 countries.
Partcipants had the opportunity to fnd out
more about the recruitment process, as UNV
assignments are generally not advertsed on
websites but applicants need to register in the
UNV global roster in order to apply. For each
UNV assignment, the roster team looks for
candidates in a data base which contains
more than 10,000 actve candidates. It is a
compettve selecton process so the atendees
were advised to contnually update their CV to
increase their chances of selecton.
Two Cambodian colleagues, former UN Volunteers , joined the UN Learning Session to share
their past experiences. Mr Charoeun Sok, Finance Associate in UNDP spoke very fondly of his
tme in Liberia and how it was benefcial to his career. He spoke about the diferent people
he met, and overcoming culture shock. He praised UNV for the opportunity it gives people
especially natve Cambodians to travel the world and gain experience in diferent countes.
Mr. Narin Sok, Head of UNIDO, said you could not describe a UNV mission as a holiday,
nor a career break, as there can be many challenges, such as enduring the diferent climates
or encountering an unsetled politcal environment. Mr Sok accredited overcoming these
challenges and his cumulatve experiences as a UN Volunteer to lead him to his positon now.
How to become a UN Volunteer?
Photos: : Shuji Sekine and UNV, Isabelle Devylder

Eradicatng discriminaton takes tme and educaton. It requires changing not
just laws and policies, but also hearts and minds. Everyone government, civil
society, development partners and individuals can take part in making these
changes to combat violence and discriminaton against LGBT persons. Because
they share the same dreams as everyone else.
Ms. Claire Van der Vaeren, UN Resident Coordinator

Mana Kheang, a Natonal UN Volunteer is the LGBT Human Rights Ofcer for
Being LGBT in Asia initatve based at the OHCHR Cambodia. She played a vital
role in the Cambodia LGBT Law Conference held on the 4th and 5th of March.
The conference followed a Natonal LGBT Community Dialogue in January co-
hosted by UNDP, USAID and OHCHR Cambodia as part of the regional Being LGBT
in Asia initatve which analyzed and identfed broad social and legal
environment of the LGBT community and civil society in Cambodia.
When asked to describe
the LGBT situaton in
Cambodia in past couple
of years, Mana was
optmistc in her answer
despite the fact that
stgma and discriminaton
on LGBT individuals stll
exist in the Cambodian
society, in the past
couple of years we have
seen the great movement
and voices from the LGBT

Mana referenced the CCHRs
From Prejudice to Pride report,
which summarizes that the
LGBT movement in Cambodia
has contnued to expand and to
grow in strength. In
partcular Mana mentons,
there has been signifcant
progress with establishing a
network of LGBT organizatons
and individuals from across
ASEAN, and therefore
increasing coordinaton,
communicaton and knowledge-
sharing, with a view to
achieving regional respect for
the rights of LGBT people. Mana refects on the fact that progress is more visible among
the younger generaton than the older generaton, most likely due to the increase of
globalizaton and social networks. Cambodian youth in the cites are becoming more aware
and increasingly confdent in opening up about their sexuality and gender expressions.

The March event, Cambodia LGBT Law Conference, followed up the Natonal Dialogue with
specifc focus on laws afectng LGBT citzens in ASEAN states, specifc legal issues facing the
LGBT community in Cambodia and built the skills of workshop partcipants to communicate
about these laws and future legislaton.

Mana presented the fndings from the Natonal LGBT Community Dialogues at the Cambodia
LGBT Law Conference on March 4th, 2014. She reported that the January dialogue was
thought to be widely successful by all partcipants. It showcased both the challenges and
progress that have been made with regards to the LGBT community in Cambodia. According
to Mana, the workshop provided the opportunity to raise awareness and promote greater
respect for LGBT rights. The aim of the workshop was to build a knowledge baseline of the
politcal, legal, social and insttutonal environment in which LGBT people live in and develop
an understanding of the capacity of LGBT organizatons to engage in policy dialogue and
community mobilizaton. It also provided the recommendatons on the future LGBT
movement in Cambodia. Mana clarifes :

Just like the struggle for racism and gender equality, educaton on sexual orientaton and
gender identty takes tme, but we all can be a part of the changes to combat violence and
discriminaton against LGBT people and ensure universal equality for everyone.
LGBT Rights are Human Rights
Being LGBT in Asia
Photos: : UNOHCR, Mana Kheang

On the 7th May, more than 50 young Cambodians
from diferent youth organizatons, various
provinces, ethnics and minorites as well as
representatves from internatonal organizatons
that work with youth and volunteers partcipated
in a dialogue on the post-2015 development
agenda, discussing the role of civil society in the
implementaton of the new post-2015
development agenda, which will be the successor
of the Millennium Development Goals.

The partcipants were also passionate
about forming partnerships between the
Government and civil society
organizatons which they felt was crucial
for the development of Cambodia.

You can have your say too!
From now untl 2015, the UN wants as
many people in as many countries as
possible to be involved with MY World
Global Survey: citzens of all ages, genders
and backgrounds, and partcularly the
worlds poor and marginalized
communites. MY World asks individuals
which six of sixteen possible issues they think
would make the most diference to their
lives. The sixteen issues cover the existng
Millennium Development Goals, plus issues
of sustainability, security, governance and
transparency. In additon to the survey, E-
discussion questons are available on this
web-space dedicated to the The Dialogue on
the post-2015 development agenda:
Partnerships with Civil society.

I want this to be the most inclusive global
development process the world has ever
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

In April 2013, Cambodian youth representatves had
met in Phnom Penh to discuss Cambodian issues
that need to be addressed in the new development
agenda and came up with the following priorites:

Educaton, Employment, Health, Climate Change and
This year, UNV and UNFPA co-led the Dialogue on
the post-2015 development agenda: Partnerships
with Civil Society. Peter Prix, a UN Youth Volunteer
at the Resident Coordinator Ofce facilitated this
event with Natonal UN Volunteer, Sinet Seap, and
Markara Nuon, UNV Programme Assistant who
acted as translators and group facilitators.
The Dialogue allowed partcipants to bring up and
discuss solutons to the issues raised during the
previous year and to further elaborate on the means
of implementaton of the new development agenda
through partnerships with civil society.
The partcipants were an engaged and actve group,
eager to express their opinions on the future of
Cambodia. They spoke about the importance of
Cambodian Youth obtaining a good educaton and
working skills in order to be successful in their lives.
Suggestons were made for more scholarships and
training opportunites for students as well as a
higher quality of educaton be made available so
that graduates can meet market standards.
Cambodian Youth have their say in the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Post 2015 Dialogue
Photos: : Conor Wall

We are the owner of ourselves, the owner
of our future and the future of our country.
We should be a positve change maker and
role model to encourage the women today
and in the future to be a positve change in
our community and country.

Sinet Seap, a Natonal UN Volunteer and Gender
Equality Project Ofcer at UN Women, was one of
the frst youth delegates supported by UN
Women Cambodia to atend the Commission on
the Status of Women (CSW) held between 10 and
21 March 2014 in New York.

It is important for young
women, and Cambodias
female citzens to monitor
and follow up with the
decision-making and other
results from policy makers
especially on Challenges
and Achievements in the
Implementaton of
Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs) for women
and girls

The CSW gathers together representatves of UN
Member States, intergovernmental agencies and civil
society organizatons to evaluate progress on gender
equality, identfy challenges, set global standards and
formulate concrete policies to promote gender
equality and the advancement of women worldwide.

As a Natonal UN Volunteer, Sinet felt that partcipatng
in the CSW in New York was a great learning

My atendance at the CSW will beneft my country,
likewise with the atendance of young women all
around the world; we were given the space to voice
the concerns of the young women from our home
countries direct to policy makers at the global

The CSW was a platorm, according to Sinet, for
young women to learn from each other as well as a
cultural exchange and opportunity for women to
network. Furthermore, it allowed Sinet and her UN
Women colleagues to interact with partcipants who
come from natons with similar backgrounds to
Cambodia and to bring back home, solutons with a
diferent perspectve.
It was an opportunity for women to
demonstrate that they are part of the soluton, part
of sustainable development

Sinet encourages women to have their voices
heard, through events organized by NGOs, UN
agencies, as well as by speaking with
government ofcials. Social media is an
important tool for women according to Sinet,
who uses it to queston, provide comments and
share the best practces of womens work from
diferent countries.

Womens Rights in New York
Photos: : UN Women, Sinet Seap
Sinet has been a Natonal UN Volunteer since the beginning of 2014, she supports UN
Women's work in strengthening young women's partcipaton in decision-making and
leadership processes, from the local commune level all the way to the global level
through working with young women groups and youth organizatons. She provides
support to implement their projects and enables their empowerment and politcal
partcipaton at a sub-natonal level in Cambodia. In additon to these roles, Sinet is
also a UN Women youth focal point and works in collaboraton with UN Women
teams to make sure the concerns of young women are included in the design, imple-
mentaton and monitoring and evaluaton of the UN Women program.
Moreover, Sinet is the UN Women representatve on UN Youth Task Force, which
strives to improve UN planning and coordinaton in order to streamline youth pro-
gramming so that the challenges and issues faced by youth and young people in Cam-
bodia are identfed.
Sinets partcipaton at the CSW was a success; however she felt
that there were not enough women in atendance from ASIA
Pacifc. We only had several partcipants from Cambodia, Ti-
mor-Leste and Fiji. Our voices were raised, but it is hard to
guarantee that our voices were considered.

It was a great opportunity for all UN Volunteers
to learn and do actvites together, in order to get
to know each other much beter
UN Volunteer, 2014
Raising Awareness about demining and
Volunteerism advocacy in communites was the
theme of UNVs annual retreat 2014 which took
place in Batambang at the beginning of June.

The many actvites organised throughout the
retreat aimed at strengthening the Volunteers
understanding of the concept Volunteerism for
Development and its diferent expressions. The
UNV Field Unit also decided to partner and
organize actvites with the Clearing for Results
Project as several UN Volunteers have and
contnue to support the Cambodian Mine Acton
and Victm Assistance Authority (CMAA) by
building its capacity in regulatng, monitoring and
coordinatng the countrys mine acton sector.

Volunteerism Caravan
The acton packed retreat began with the pilot of
the Volunteerism Caravan. The Caravan was
atended by both UN Volunteers and other
volunteers from VolCam member organizatons as
well as community members in Batambang, to
test the concept and see how to replicate it in
other provinces later on in the year. The objectve
was to gather diferent segments of society and

a benefciarys site, where they met and spoke
with a family whose farming land had been
demined by CMAC and UNDP Clearing for
Results. In 2 hectares, CMAC removed 21 mines.
When asked about their fear of farming the land,
they replied that they were no longer afraid as
the threat has been removed.

Many of the UN Volunteers were looking forward
to the second part of the day, a visit to the
demoliton site and the detecton dogs training. It
was excitng and quite humbling experience to
watch the diferent mines explode. It was only
when the mines exploded that the volunteers
understood the sheer size of the destructon area
that mine could create.

Visitng the detecton dogs training centre was
both interestng and entertaining. These dogs,
originally from Eastern Europe and trained in
Sweden are used to detect mines in Cambodia.
The UN Volunteers watched the dogs practce
demining whereby the dog would move along a
rope smelling the ground then sit when it smelt a
mine. The dog handlers, both female, marked the
mine then congratulated the dog on its fnd.
When asked which was more efectve the metal
detectors or dogs, the CMAC ofcials said that
they are both useful together as the dog cannot
pin point exactly where the mine is.

Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus

On the evening of the 12th June, the UN
Volunteers atended the Phare Ponleu Selpak
Circus Chills show. Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) is
an associaton which supports community
development through providing children, young
adults and their families with social, educatonal,
emotonal and cultural support. Artstc practce
and development is at the heart of the formal
educaton, life and social skills ofered to the
young people they work with.

Afer witnessing the amazing and excitng show,
the UN Volunteers were eager to visit PPS the
next day to learn about their organizaton and try
out some of their tricks. Team building actvites
included circus training by the PPS coaches,
learning how to cartwheel and tumble as well as
juggle and hula hoop!

Overall the UNV Retreat 2014 was a resounding
success, that allowed the Volunteers to not only
get to know each other beter but to further
educate themselves on important Cambodian
issues such as demining as well as interact and
share experiences with volunteers based in

create a space for debate and dialogue around
Volunteerism, through exchange of experiences and

The Volunteerism Caravan was well received by the
volunteers who felt it was benefcial to meet and
network with other volunteers in the area, as well as to
be able to discuss the challenges and benefts of
volunteering in Cambodia.

Mine Acton in Cambodia and UNDP Clearing for
Results Project
On the second day of the retreat the UN Volunteers
were welcomed at the CMAC Demining Unit in
Batambang by His Excellency Prum Sophakmonkol ,
and his CMAA colleagues. One of the objectves of the
retreat was to provide the UN Volunteers with a
broader understanding of the UNDP Clearing for
Results II project which addresses the ninth Cambodian
Millennium Development Goal: De-mining, UXO and
Victm Assistance.

CMAC introduced their organisaton and gave a briefng
about the work they do and the landline situaton in
Cambodia. They estmate that there may be as many as
four to six million mines and other pieces of
unexploded ordnance in Cambodia. The CMAC ofcials
also spoke of the serious social consequences of the
landmines in Cambodia. A high percentage of the
populaton has been struck down by this mines and this
afects entre families and their ability to secure an
income. Afer the
presentatons, the
Volunteers were
shown how a
deminer works with a
metal detector and
the care and patence
it takes to manually
remove a mine.

Afer the demining
demonstraton, the
UN Volunteers visited
Volunteers, Landmines and Team Building: UNV Retreat 2014
UNV Retreat
Photos: : UN Women, Veronika Stepkova and UNOCHR, Bushra Rahman
On the 11th of June, more than 30 natonal and
internatonal volunteers arrived from diferent parts
of the province of Batambang to atend the pilot of
the Volunteerism Caravan organized while UNV was
holding its annual retreat in that province.
Inspired by a similar actvity organized in Tunisia as
part of the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Beter
Future project the Volunteerism Caravan was
launched by VolCam to broaden the scope of the
Recognize me! Campaign, with the objectve of
contnuing to support the recogniton of volunteers
achievements in Cambodia, to disseminate
informaton about volunteer opportunites not only
Volunteerism has made me think and act
Being a volunteer working is diferent, you are
now part of a community, and that makes all
the diference
They felt that organizatons should be more
accountable for their volunteers in terms of
recruitment and their progress.
The volunteers also discussed the kinds of
mechanisms the communites or host
organizatons need to do to support volunteers.
Many of the volunteers felt that recogniton of
the good work that is being done should be made
public; a good model of volunteering would lead
to more efectve volunteering.

The partcipants fnished the session by
describing how volunteerism has changed their
lives both professionally and personally. The
overwhelming majority spoke of how they see
and do things diferently, how they have learnt
from another culture and recognized that there
are many ways to do the same task. The
volunteers spoke of their new skills set that will
help them in their future career but also
developing a new passion and dedicaton to help
those in need. Through volunteering, they have
built relatonships that are not based on money;
they have pushed their boundaries and found a
respect for a culture that wasnt theirs.
The Volunteerism Caravan was designed not only
to share informaton about the current status of
volunteerism in Cambodia, regionally and
globally but it was also a way for volunteers
based in Batambang to meet each other, discuss
the challenges and benefts of volunteering in
Cambodia and exchange their stories. Similar
events will be held in diferent provinces
between September and November and results
will be presented during IVD Celebratons in
Phnom Penh and used to update the 2008
publicaton: Volunteerism, harnessing the
potental to develop Cambodia.

in Cambodia, but also internatonally, and to build a
support network of volunteers deployed in the
country. The initatve will take place over several
months and intends to create a space for discussion
between the volunteers and local communites and to
inspire young women and men to partcipate in the
progress of their country, enhancing their
crucial roles in response to local needs.

UN Volunteers and other volunteers
deployed through VolCam member
organizatons as well as their community
counterparts in Batambang, partcipated
in group work, discussing key issues
relatng to volunteerism, which was
facilitated by UN Volunteers.

A notceable theme that emerged amongst
the partcipants was that Volunteerism
was not only an enriching experience but a
mutually benefcial one for both the volunteers and
the community in which they work. It is an
opportunity for the volunteer to increase their skills
set while contributng as a global citzen. However, it
was revealed that the volunteers felt that there were
many misperceptons linked to volunteerism. They
felt that at tmes volunteers were seen as skill-less,
who did not necessarily care about their job as it was
not for proft.
The percepton of volunteers was
interchangeable depending on the age
of the volunteer, their class background
and their culture. To some, volunteerism
were seen as something that only the
privileged did to fnd themselves, or the
term was synonymous with a holiday.
The volunteers felt that in order to
change these misperceptons, the
government, organizatons and schools
need to educate people on the benefts
of volunteerism and remove the stgma
associated with it.
Volunteerism is about sharing skills and changing lives
Volunteerism Caravan
Photos: : UN Women, Veronika Stepkova and
UNOCHR, Bushra Rahman

Start young, be proactve! was the advice
from Natonal UN Volunteer Mana Kheang as she
spoke to young university students from her alma
On Saturday 21
June, Mana Kheang joined
representatves from fve diferent VolCam
organizatons, United Natons Volunteers (UNV),
France Volontaires (FV) , VSO, Khmer Youth
Associaton (KYA) and Youth Resource
Development Programme (YRDP) to lead an
informaton session on volunteerism Department
of Internatonal Studies (DIS) of the Insttute of
Foreign Languages (IFL) at Royal University of
Phnom Penh (RUPP) university students.

and advocate for Volunteerism in Cambodia.
Pierre-Yves Devroute from France
Volontaires explained what they do in
Cambodia such as: advise and guide
volunteers, organize actvites regarding the
promoton of diferent kinds of volunteering
as well as organizing workshops and events.

Men Vannavy
from VSO
concentrated on
the Internatonal
Citzen Service
Programme (ICS)
which is a
experience for
young people
who want to
make a diference in some of the worlds
poorest communites. In Cambodia, ICS run
projects in the Northeastern part of the
country. Cambodian youth spend three months
working alongside young people from the UK as
a team to tackle issues that afect the local

Finishing of the session, Isabelle Devylder, UNV
Programme Ofcer, informed the students
about the diferent ways to volunteer with
UNV: UN Volunteers, UN Youth Volunteers, and
On-line Volunteers. Mana Kheang, a Natonal
UN Volunteer, gave an inspiratonal speech to
the students, urging them to get involved in any
way they can and letng the students know,
that although volunteering may not always be
the easiest path, it is a worthwhile one.

Volunteers dont get paid, not because they
are worthless, but because they are priceless

The objectve of the Informaton Session was
to encourage students to engage in
volunteerism and to introduce them to
VolCam , the network of internatonal and
local Volunteer service agencies and
volunteer involving organizatons in
Cambodia where informaton about
volunteer opportunites in the country is
available .

KYA presented on
their organizaton,
outlining the
diferent projects
that they are involved
in such as water
sanitaton and their
programmes. In
partcular, Sokha
Yet mentoned the
climate change
awareness raising
Bike Tour, which took place on May 4
partnership with the EU. 3000 people took
part in this very successful event: Europe on
A Bicycle: Green is Beautful.
A representatve from YRDP spoke
about their training programmes which
are atended by on average 700
university students per year as well as
their Youth Initatve Projects where the
partcipants visit NGOs and Government
insttutons that deal with topics relatng
to the YRDP training courses.
It was not just local organizatons that
atended the informaton session. Both
VSO Cambodia and France Volontaires
took this opportunity to introduce the
students to their organizatons
VolCam Informaton Session @ The Insttute of Foreign Language, RUPP
VolCam Info Session
Photos: : IFL, Lay Boseihak and UNV,Maeve Anne Halpin
Why should you volunteer?

We believe that when it comes to environment,
we preserve it! When it comes to economy, we
develop it! When it comes to development, we
sustain it! Delegate of Greece, PPMUN, 2014

On the 5th July, 39 delegates from four diferent
universites acted as foreign diplomats and
partcipated in the frst Phnom Penh Model United
Natons (PPMUN) organised by United Natons
Volunteers in partnership with the Department of
Internatonal Studies (DIS) of the Insttute of
Foreign Languages (IFL) at the Royal University of
Phnom Penh (RUPP).
The Cambodian students opened the
ECOSOC Commitee with speeches from
their countrys perspectve that were both
inspiratonal and passionate; UK declared
that developed natons should leave no
one behind while USA sought to remind
the audience that we cannot lose sight of
unfnished business of the MDGs.
Negotaton is a key skill developed during
MUN which the delegates used in
abundance while debatng a draf
resoluton that was submited by the developed
block on Achieving Sustainable development:
The post 2015 Development Agenda.
The discussion by the delegates revolved around
communicable and non-communicable diseases,
technical and fnancial assistance to achieve
universal primary educaton and open trade
agreements that beneft developing countries.
Sudan and Mauritus advocated for technical and
vocatonal training to be introduced in developing
countries. This was a popular suggeston that
gained support from many developing countries
and was later adopted into the resoluton. The
delegates negotaton was successful and the
resoluton was passed with a vote of 38-1.

The ECOSOC commitee session was suddenly
interrupted with an emergency announcement
that Typhoon Caroline had hit the Philippines
causing widespread devastaton throughout the
country and costng an estmated $900 million in
damage. The delegates were asked to make a
joint statement in their blocs on the natural
disaster and to comment on strengthening the
coordinaton of emergency humanitarian
assistance of the UN, as well as formulatng a
response to climate change and risk reducton.
The surprised delegates worked efciently and
efectvely by negotatng amongst themselves a
speech that refected their member states
response to the crisis. Hait spoke of their
familiarity with the Philippines situaton and
urged countries to send aid as soon as possible as
a delay in humanitarian response could have
disastrous efects on the country.
It is not rocket science, the Philippines lay at
your mercy to your politcal will. We must help
them now and quickly.
The frst PPMUN was a success due to the hard
work, efort and commitment of the delegates
and the IFL student volunteers that allowed the
conference to run smoothly. Model United
Natons is not only a fun and interactve way for
students to gain frst-hand experience of what it
would be like to work in diplomacy but it is also a
great opportunity for the delegates to enhance
their public speaking, negotaton, problem
solving skills, and team work while exploring the
complexity of Internatonal Relatons.

During a simulated session of the UN Economic and
Social Commitee (ECOCOC) the delegates wrote
resolutons and debated on the topic Achieving
sustainable development: the post 2015
development agenda , focusing on the progress
of the Millennium Development Goals and
making recommendatons for the development of
Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to the conference, the delegates engaged in
three training sessions held at UNDP. These
sessions, delivered both by IFL Lecturers and UN
Volunteers and covered a variety of topics that
would be benefcial for Model United Natons
such as research skills and positon paper writng.
UN Youth Volunteer, Peter Prix, gave an over view
of the UN to the delegates and discussed in-depth the
Post 2015 agenda and how they could get involved
with the MY World survey. Mana Kheang, Natonal UN
Volunteer led a rivetng public speaking session in
which she taught the delegates not only about
confdence and presence but speech paterns and
PPMUN was held at the Cambodia-
Korea Cooperaton Centre on Saturday the 5th July,
and was ofcially opened by the Vice Rector of
RUPP, Ms Suos and the UN Resident Coordinator
Ms Claire Van der Vaeren. Ms Claire Van der
Vaeren mentoned the importance of such
events, in partcular for students to put into
practce their knowledge and skills. Model UN
Conferences also provide with some insights
into the complexites of defning globally
understood and accepted goals, and achieving
global consensus for them across the diverse
mult-cultural, mult-lingual membership of the
Delegates debate the Post 2015 Agenda at the First Phnom Penh Model United Natons
Photos: : UNDP, Sanghak Kan and UNV ,Maeve Anne

On 13 March, Dr. Saran Kaur Gill - Deputy Vice
Chancellor (Industry & Community Partnerships) &
Executve Director of AsiaEngage - and her team
from Malaysia undertook an assessment mission in
Phnom Penh to identfy and hold discussions with
potental partners in Cambodia to explore the
possibility of replicatng the ASEAN Youth Volunteers
Programmes (AYVP) inaugural programme.
The AYVP creates volunteering opportunites for
young people across ASEAN communites. AYVP
prides itself on being a knowledge-driven
volunteerism programme that supports the
exchange of learning experiences, develops capacity
building, and forges a sense of regional identty
while making a sustainable diference to
communites across ASEAN.

AYVP originates from the Prosper Thy Neighbour
approach to ASEAN cooperaton and aims to foster a
community of caring societes and promote a common
regional identty. AYVP is administered by the AYVP
Secretariat at the Natonal University of Malaysia
(UKM) under the umbrella of AsiaEngage.
The inaugural programme took place in Malaysia in
August 2013 and focused on the development of
ASEAN Youth Eco-leaders. Since then, the UN
Volunteers programme in Cambodia initated
discussion with the AYVP Secretariat to replicate this
Youth Eco-leaders modality in the country and invited
Dr. Kaur Gill to present the programme during IVD
2013 in Phnom Penh.
VolCam meetng
While in Cambodia, Dr Saran Kaur Gil and her team had
the opportunity to meet with H.E. Tauch Choeun,
General Director, General Directorate of Youth at the
Ministry of Educaton, Youth and Sport; H.E Lav Chhiv
Eav, Rector, Royal University of Phnom Penh and Mr.
Srey Sunleang, Director of Department of wet land and
coastal zone at the Ministry of Environment.
Dr Saran Kaur Gil and her team also atended a
VolCam meetng and received feedback from the
members on the programme. AYVP, she said, chose
Cambodia because the youth and civil society response
afer IVD last December was overwhelming.
Volunteers from Cambodia are amazing. They are the
hope of your naton.

The Youth Eco-leaders modality that
they are looking to implement
focuses on environment. It is for 18-
30 yrs. Olds from university, college,
industry, NGOs, government or self-
employed. It will last 5 weeks in
total. The objectve of this
programme is to fnd youth that
have potental to become leaders.

AYVP will provide the tools needed
for the volunteers to earn life skills
that will help them infuence and
teach others when at home.
ASEAN Youth Volunteers Programme
AYVP and Regional Capacity Workshop
Photos: : Shuji Sekine

Now Recruitng in Cambodia

Organizations operating in Cambodia, click for more information
about vacancies:
World Vision (Various)
Save the Children
Aide et Action Suisse
International Justice Mission
Malaria Consortium
Development Alternatives, Inc
More on CAMHR AND Bong Thom.
Happening in Phnom Penh Culture
Meta House:
July 18th: 7.30PM: film showing of the
Position among the stars (2010, 115 min), L.
Retel Helmrich confronts the most important
issues facing Indonesias fast-changing

FESTIVAL, organized by the local film
collective 4K, will present the six winners and
show trailers from 4Ks new film project
Pram Ang.
Around Phnom Penh:
July 18th: 18:30: Opening of the photo
exhibition "Streets of Phnom Penh" by: Jeff
Perigois and Jason Sacchettino at the
restaurant Le Saint Georges

Le Caf Polyglote: Every 1st and 3rd
Wednesday at 6.30 PM come to Le Bistro to
join others to speak French/ other languages,
for more info click here.
Pocket dictonaryDays and Months
today tngai nih
tomorrow tngai
yesterday mserl
morning bpreuk
afternoon rsial
evening lngiat
month khaeh
year chnam
Sunday tngai
Monday tngai jan
Tuesday tngai
Wednesday tngai
Thursday tngai
Friday tngai sok
Saturday tngai sao
January ma ga raa
March mee nah
April meh sah
May oo sa phea
June mi thok nah
July ka kada
August say haa
September kanya
October dto laa
November wech a
December tnoo
Khmer corner
Programme Ofcer
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Markara Nuon
Maeve Anne Halpin
Isabelle Devylder
012788 173
Youth & Outreach
078 277 578
United Nations Volunteers in Cambodia
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Your UNV FU:
Welcome new UN Volunteers!
Mr. Taesang Kim, UNDP - UNV Climate Change Knowledge Management Ofcer- Arriving 1st August
Prior to joining Taesang, was Program and Policy Ofcer at the East Asia Secretariat of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, world's leading associaton of
cites and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. He started his career at the Korea Foundaton, public dipl omacy agency under the Ministry of
Foreign Afairs of the Korean government, and subsequently, worked at the Korea Insttute for Development Strategy as Project Coordinator. Taesang studied Inter-
natonal Cooperaton at the Graduate School of Internatonal Studies, Seoul Natonal University in S. Korea, and holds Bachelor of Police Administraton and Interna-
tonal Studies from Dongguk University, S. Korea.
Ms. Martna Tomassini, UNICEF UNV Communicaton Ofcer Arriving end of August
A former UN ofcer at DPI and OCHA in NYC and an Oxford MA graduate in Development & Humanitarian Studies, Martna is a passionate mult-lingual communica-
ton specialist and humanitarian worker. She has spent the past 10 years travelling for work, study and volunteering. Her mission: putng her communicaton skills
and the experience gathered with NGOs in India, Mexico and Tanzania to the service of humanitarian work. She focuses her interest primarily on communicaton,
training and educaton. On a steady diet of Miyazakis animatons and surrealist art, in her free tme she is ofen spoted doing acrobatcs on aerial silk and cook-
ing. You can talk to her in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish. She is working on Mandarin, please be patent. When not on the road, she lives in Oxford,
Ms. Naomi Umeda, UN University Volunteer Arriving beginning of September
Naomi is currently an internatonal studies major and on her last year of university in Japan. Being the daughter of former Christan missionaries, she was born
and raised outside of Japan and has lived in the Philippines for 13 years. Her tme living in the Philippines strongly infuenced her to become passionate about in-
ternatonal development and volunteering. Naomis past volunteer experience has mainly revolved around promotng internatonal development among her
peers. She is very excited to be a part of the UNV team in Cambodia!
Mr Pen Mony, UNV Specialist for Improving the Rights of Persons with Disabilites for the Project of Disability Rights Initatve Cambodia (DRIC), Democratc Gov-
ernance Cluster- Arriving 1st August.
Prior to joining us, Mony was Deputy Chief at the Ofce of Planning, Statstcs and Informaton Technology at the Persons with Disabilites Foundaton (PwDF)
where he supported PwDF in developing Strategic and Annual Plans and supported the Ministry of Social Afairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitaton in developing
the Natonal Disability Strategic Plan 2014-2018. Mony also worked with many other organizatons in the disability sector such as Acton on Disability and Develop-
ment (ADD), Cambodian Disabled People Organizaton (CDPO) and Disability Acton Council (DAC). Additonally he was involved in the developing law on the pro-
tecton and promoton the rights of persons with disabilites in Cambodia. Mony holds Master of Business Administraton from Build Bright University, Phnom
Penh, Cambodia, and Bachelor of Economics from Insttute of Economics, Phnom Penh Cambodia.