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.

Under the motto of “Volunteerism for Peace and Development” and “Inspiration in Action”, 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. UNV is headquartered in Bonn, Germany and has about 150 staff members, headed by an Executive Coordinator, and field presences in close to 130 countries. UNV is administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

UNV programme both Globally and in Mongolia

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. 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.

Globally, UNV engaged 6,807 UN Volunteers in 2012, on a total of 6,912 assignments. With an average age of 38 years and the requisite professional skills and qualifications of some 5 to 10 years relevant experience, UN volunteers served in 127 countries in 2012 and came themselves from 159. The majority – 79 % – come from developing countries themselves. One third of UN volunteers served in their own countries, with the others carrying out international assignments. The financial equivalent of programme activities exceeds US$220 million annually. 

The UNV programme in Mongolia has been providing operational and programmatic support to UN agencies in Mongolia since 1987. In 2012 UNV continued to manage UN Volunteers for Mongolia. Since the first international UN volunteer was recruited to serve in 1987 and the first national UN Volunteer in 1995 respectively, a total number of 157 international UN Volunteers from 34 countries of the world and 155 national UN Volunteers have served including the currently serving UN volunteers in 2012. UN Volunteers in Mongolia has served in several UN agencies (UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS etc.). Meanwhile, around 24 Mongolian nationals served as international UN Volunteers in various countries around the globe supporting peace and development since first dispatch in 1995.

UNV in Mongolia acts as an outreach arm of UN agencies to establish and strengthen partnerships with diverse stakeholders involving civil society and volunteering organizations (CSVOs). Since volunteerism is at the heart of active civic participation and at the root of civil society organizations, UNV is committed to creating an enabling environment to promote and strengthen volunteering for, and civic participation in, inclusive people-centred national development process.

The range of UNV support activities includes, but not limited to, facilitating the process of national capacity building to develop favorable national policy, regulatory, fiscal, programming and institutional framework and raising public awareness on and advocacy for volunteerism and civic participation. In cooperation with CSVOs in Mongolia, UNV is taking the lead in commemorating the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December every year.

For more information please visit: http://unv.org/ and http://www.un-mongolia.mn/unv/ .