Virunga National Park is both the oldest and the largest national park in Africa, and it is the continent's longest inscribed World Heritage site. However, years of armed conflict and poaching have not only put the site itself in danger, but also the lives of the park rangers that guard one of the last strongholds of the endangered mountain gorilla.
UN Foundation is carbon neutral. We offset the carbon we emit from staff travel, heating, cooling, and electricity consumption. We offset that carbon by planting trees in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in Mexico.
After four consecutive cyclones tore through the island nation of Haiti, TSF and WFP immediately deployed to the region to establish emergency telecommunications systems to support and help coordinate the relief efforts being carried out by humanitarian aid agencies working on the ground. TSF also ran a humanitarian calling operation, providing survivors with free satellite-based phone calls to reconnect with loved ones.
Traveler Megan Lantz-Oh describes her experience doing volunteer work in Vietnam. This story shows the value of giving back to local communities. You can find out more about voluntourism and traveling responsibility online at www.friendsofworldheritage.org
Haiti has been hit by four severe tropical storms in less than a month. UN and other aid agencies are serving hundreds of thousands affected by the flooding. Telecoms Sans Frontieres deployed two teams to Haiti to reconnect communications and communities devastated by the disaster.