UN Volunteers


United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is the nodal UN agency that contributes to peace and development worldwide through volunteerism. UNV believes in ‘Volunteerism for Development’. The concept of volunteerism for development centers on optimizing volunteerism’s impact on peace and development. Achieving this, requires the cooperation and commitment of the public sector, civil society and the private sector with support from the United Nations system and the world community. Individual citizens also have an important role to play through volunteering. Every day, individuals are engaged in development initiatives through volunteer actions, both large and small, in an effort to improve conditions for others and themselves. Volunteerism by many millions of people is critical to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Our Goal

UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and in transforming the pace and nature of development

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Photo Essays

  • Make Change Happen: Thousands Volunteer to Clean the Yamuna
    Make Change Happen: Thousands Volunteer to Clean the Yamuna

    Over 3,000 Delhi residents turned up for the city’s biggest cyclothon and cleanliness drive to promote ‘Clean India’ on 14 December as a part of India’s commemoration of International Volunteer Day, which recognizes the commitment and contribution of volunteers to peace and development around the world. more

  • Volunteering to Build Ability
    Volunteering to Build Ability

    This is the story of one community’s sheer determination to build a more inclusive society where disability is seen as a type of ability. In this journey they have found support from United Nations Volunteers who as speech therapists, rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapists and school administrators, are nurturing and caring for children with special needsmore

Volunteer Voices

Projects and Initiatives

International Year of Volunteers (IYV) +10 India Campaign

2001 was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly as the International Year of Volunteers. The year was dedicated to increasing awareness of the achievements and further potential of volunteerism for economic and social development. The 2008 resolution reaffirms the significance of volunteerism for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and calls for the marking of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers or 'IYV+10' in 2011. more

Thousands of Volunteers Clean Up the Yamuna River
Cyclothon for Clean India
Yamuna Shramdaan
Music Concert: Performances by Swarathma, Tritha and Mame Khan feat
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UNV Strategic Framework: 2014 - 2017



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Oasis of Ability

NDTV 24x7 on International Volunteer Day