About United Nations Volunteers (UNV)

04 Aug 2013

United Nations Volunteers (UNV):  About UNV programme globally:“Volunteerism for Peace and Development” and “Inspiration in action”


• Mission: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1970 with the mandate to support UN system in its efforts to move forward sustainable human development globally through the promotion of volunteerism, including the mobilization of volunteers. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV works with all UN organizations, including UN specialized agencies and UN peacekeeping and political missions worldwide.


• Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. It serves the causes of peace and development by enhancing opportunities for participation by all peoples. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.

• UNV, headed by an Executive Coordinator, has about 150 staff members headquartered in Bonn, Germany and small field presences in close to 100 countries. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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