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).
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
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
Mental Health Matters! This was not only the slogan but also the message of more than 300 youth that gathered at India Habitat Centre Delhi to celebrate International Youth Day 2014. Within a wide range of activities, the students engaged in lively discussions on how to make mental wellbeing an integral part of the India’s Health Agenda.more
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
Twenty-six-year-old Chakradhar Patra from Mayurbhani in Orissa supports people who have been displaced for their villages due to development projects such as dams, new upcoming industries and railways.more
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