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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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 needs. more

Stories of Change

  • Empowering Grassroots Governance

    In the village of Kamagada, young men and women toil in the sun on a water system that will help beat erosion and fertilize the land. These and similar projects in rural Orissa help empower the poor to take more ownership over achieving the Millennium Development Goals.more

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

UNV Strategic Framework: 2014 - 2017

UNV Strategic Framework 2014-2017 is the first of its kind, focusing on harnessing the power of volunteers and volunteerism to support the achievement of internationally agreed goals.

Strategic Framework (e-publication)
Digitally published version of the Strategic Framework to be read online.

Strategic Framework (pdf)
PDF version of the Strategic Framework to be downloaded or printed.

Integrated Results and Resources Matrix (pdf)
The vision of the Strategic Framework is translated into concrete deliverables, enabling UNV to show how it will be held accountable for its results.

Strategic Framework Overview (pdf)
Four-page overview of the Strategic Framework.

PowerPoint presentation (slideshare.net)
PowerPoint presentation of the Strategic Framework.

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Volunteering – The Life Skill for Change

The Indira Gandhi National Open University’s (IGNOU) Institute for Vocational Education & Training Shillong, with support from the Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore Foundation and United Nations Volunteers (UNV) has launched a three–month academic programme on Volunteerism. 

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