The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. We work with partners to integrate qualified, highly motivated and well supported UN Volunteers into development programming and promote the value and global recognition of volunteerism.
UNV is active in around 130 countries every year. With Field Presences in over 80 countries, UNV is represented worldwide. It is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and reports to the UNDP Executive Board
UNV mobilizes volunteers to serve in UN agencies, both in development programmes and peacekeeping operations.
Once primarily a provider of volunteers to the United Nations (UN) system in support of programme countries, UNV has evolved greatly over the past 42 years in terms of the size and spread of its mandate, results and activities, driven by the changing external environment for peace, development and the eradication of poverty, by the wider acknowledgment of the role of volunteerism globally and by intergovernmental legislation.
Executive Board decision 2006/18 confirmed UNV’s business model, leading to UNV being operational in three domains:
· mobilizing volunteers to enable more people to be directly involved in humanitarian, peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery, as well as sustainable development and poverty eradication work of the UN;
· advocating for volunteerism and civic engagement in peace and development; and
· pursuing the integration of volunteerism across policy, legislation and programming as well as delivering on internationally agreed development goals.
UNV works under a dual mandate – to mobilize volunteers for the United Nations System and to advocate for the importance of volunteerism in development worldwide.