UN Volunteers

Introduction

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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Translating India’s National Youth Policy 2014 into Action

Translating India’s National Youth Policy 2014 into Action

India’s National Youth Policy 2014 (NYP 2014) encompasses a clear strategy to empower young people and thereby empower the nation itself. To facilitate the implementation ofmore 

Training Young Leaders to Promote Youth Volunteerism across India

Training Young Leaders to Promote Youth Volunteerism across India

Flagging off the on-ground engagement for the new joint youth project ‘Strengthening NSS and NYKS’, 32 UN Volunteers have undergone a professional development programme at themore 

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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

UNVolunteer Profile Series: Victor Igbokwe

UNVolunteer Profile Series: Victor Igbokwe

Victor is a 37 old international UN Volunteer and holds an MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy. Although having arrived in India only a couple of months ago, Victor has already started travelling the country educating people about Disaster Risk Reduction Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation.more 

UN Volunteer Helps Efforts to Build Participatory Democracy in India

UN Volunteer Helps Efforts to Build Participatory Democracy in India

By: Sugandha Nagar, national UN Volunteer In his celebrated work The Prophet author, poet and artist, Khalil Gibran, wrote, “You give but little when you give of yourmore 

Stories of Change

  • Ad‘venturing’ into Volunteering

    India’s National Youth Policy 2014 stresses on the impact of sports, particularly adventure sports, in the development of youth. Activities like trekking, river rafting, mountaineering, etc. can bring young people together for their own as well as the community’s development.more 

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